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York County drug unit leader Brown receives state award

For many of the years Marvin Brown served as an officer with the Rock Hill Police Department, he kept a red ribbon near his desk in memory Enrique Camarena, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who was murdered in 1985.

Red Ribbon Week was recognized nationwide in 1988 in memory of Camarena's death.

Now, as commander of the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit, Brown has been recognized with the state Elk Lodges' Enrique Camarena Award.

Each year, local, state and national organizations recognize a law enforcement officer or group who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Brown came in first statewide and second nationwide.

Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett presented Brown with the award Thursday night at the Rock Hill Elks Lodge on Main Street.

"You can't get an award by yourself," Brown said earlier Thursday. "You're always surrounded by good narcotics officers, and it starts at the top with the sheriff and the solicitor's office."

Since the drug unit was formed 14 years ago, Brown said everyone has worked well together, and the unit has been admired in other county jurisdictions for the contributions.

"We're going out there and doing our jobs," he said. "We pride ourselves in working well with everyone. ... It's not me. It's surrounding myself with people who are smarter than I am."