Fallen Horry County cop honored with parking lot in Garden City

An Horry County police officer who died from COVID-19 will be immortalized in Garden City.

The Horry County Council will name the parking lot at the intersection of Waccamaw Drive and Azalea Drive after Officer Michael “Mike” Ambrosino.

Ambrosino died in August after fighting COVID-19 and other illnesses caused by the virus. He was remembered in a public memorial at Myrtle Beach State Park.

Ambrosino served more than 32 years as a police officer, including seven years with Horry County police. He served in South Precinct patrol, beach patrol, as part of the Honor Guard and team leader for SWAT negotiations. Before joining Horry County police, Ambrosino served with the New York State Department of Corrections, the Philmont, New York, Police Department and the Coxsackie, New York, Police Department for over 25 years.

The County Infrastructure and Regulation Committee is expected to pass the resolution to rename the parking lot Tuesday. The county council is expected pass the resolution at its next meeting on Oct. 6.

County officials honored Ambrosino at their first meeting after he died, but this ordinance will be a more permanent way to memorialize Ambrosino.

Gerard Albert III reports on any and everything in Myrtle Beach for The Sun News. Albert was editor-in-chief at Florida International University’s student newspaper. He also covered Miami-Dade and Broward County for WLRN, South Florida’s NPR station. He is an award-winning journalist who has reported throughout South Florida and New York City. He enjoys balancing the discipline and conviction in journalism with finding creative ways to find the truth and report it. Si, hablo espanol.

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