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      Dorchester Deputy gives away earnings for Top Cop award

      By Ava Wilhite awilhite@abcnews4.com

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) --{} A Lowcountry woman is struggling to stay independent after an arm amputation, but one deputy with the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office is making the adjustment a little bit easier.Deputy Scott Eadie won a competition for South Carolina's 'Top Cop' after passing general knowledge, physical agility and shooting tests.His award includes a trip to Atlantic City and $3,000. But instead of keeping the prizes for himself, he's giving them to Charlotte Hayes, a woman who had her arm amputated in April after doctors tried to prepare her arm for dialysis treatments. "There is really no words that will ever express what all this means to our family but we are just elated to be here and proud very, very proud," Hayes said.Her husband and Eadie are on the same force; both men described it as a close-knit group."I believe that if I was in this situation and a fellow deputy won this award they would do the same for me," Eadie said. {}Hayes said the money will go toward medical bills, including a prosthetic hand. She said she is thankful for Eadie and everyone in the department."My husband is a great man and he is surrounded by other great men, who work very hard and put their lives on the line everyday for us and for them to single us him out I think it's a great honor," she said.

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