The Good Sheriff: A Life of Servitude, Faith, and Survival

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Servitude. Sacrifice. Survival. Marine. Semper Fi. God. Marine Corps. Faith. Belief. Death. Loyal. Leader. Family. Election. Sheriff. Patrolman. NC Highway Patrol. Parris Island. Boot camp. Vietnam. Helicopters. Loyalty. Decorated. Parole Officer. Father. Daughters. Pray. Mother. Daddy. Twenty-third Psalm. PTSD. Criminal Justice. Manhunt. Arrest. Death penalty. Graduation. Serial killer. Cold cases. SBI. Vampire. Cat Man. 

Living a life of servitude, sacrifice, and survival has been a “norm” for Sheriff Daniel J. Good. As a former Marine, his life’s motto is “Semper Fi” – the Latin phrase for “always faithful” or “always loyal” and that goes for his God, his country, his Corp, his family, and his friends.

 The third of three sons, he was born in Marion, North Carolina, where he grew up and attended school. At the young age of nineteen, he joined the Marine Corps and was sent to Parris Island, South Carolina, to survive the intensive and rigorous curriculum referred to as “boot camp.” This is where he further developed the attributes of self-discipline and perseverance and mastered the survival skills required for war. Shortly afterward in 1968, he found himself fighting the North Vietnamese in the dense jungles of a third world country. After serving his country for three years, he was discharged from the military and attended Isothermal Community College in Spindale, North Carolina, where he studied Criminal Justice. He later transferred to the University of South Carolina, where he earned a B.A. degree in Psychology and Government.

 Good’s devout faith in and love for God has provided fortitude, sustenance, and a roadmap for navigating life’s twists and turns. His life has been an example of servitude to God as a highway patrolman, as a Sheriff for sixteen years, and as a high school teacher. He is a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. And he is a survivor enduring the hardships that life often deals. These include the humbling loss of fellow soldiers, the untimely deaths of two beloved daughters and the tragic murder of a close friend. And even in the midst of hard times and personal tragedies, his musician’s heart finds a tune to play or a kind word to express to others. He plays several instruments and sings.

 Because of the full life Sheriff Dan Good has led, we will explore his life’s journey in detail by illustrating special moments of inspiration and joy, providing examples of attained wisdom and understanding, exposing instances of vulnerabilities and self-doubts, and sharing profiles in courage during the times of disappointment or death. 

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