Paul Brouthers was born in Charleston S.C. He grew up in Charleston and Mount Pleasant, attended public schools and graduated from Wando High School in June 1979. He lived in Mount Pleasant until he was appointed to the SC Highway Patrol on February 20, 1983.
Upon graduation from the Highway Patrol Training Academy on May 13, 1983, he was assigned to work as an enforcement Trooper in Dorchester County, making his home in Summerville. Paul enforced SC Laws, investigated collisions, many of them fatal. In February 2001, Paul transferred to Patrol Headquarters, joining the Community Relations Unit. There, Paul was a media spokesperson and conducted safety presentations to audiences large and small to schools, civic clubs, military bases, and businesses.
Upon retirement from the SC Highway Patrol May 30, 2011, He began a second career as a funeral director and embalmer. He attended Piedmont Technical College – School of Mortuary Sciences. Upon graduating, He became Nationally Board Certified as a funeral director and embalmer. He completed his apprenticeship at a local funeral home and became a licensed funeral director, and embalmer.
Paul has two daughters, Caroline and Sarah, and four grandchildren. In addition to spending time with his family, Paul enjoys volunteering, motorcycling, and golf. He is a member of the SC Troopers Association, The Fraternal Order of Police, The National Funeral Directors Association, the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association, and the Summerville Oakbrook Rotary Club.
2011-2013 Piedmont Technical College - Associates of Applied Science in funeral service - Suma Cum Laude
National Funeral Directors Association
SC Funeral Directors Association
Fraternal Order of Police
SC Law Enforcement Officer’s Association
SC Trooper’s Association
Masonic Lodge 237 (Master Mason)
National Board Certified Funeral Director
National Board Certified Embalmer
SC Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer
Basic Public Information Officer’s Course
National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) IS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 701, 702
Advanced Public Information Officer Course
Incident Command System
Specific skills instructor from S.C. Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA)
Driving instructor from SCCJA
Data master operator and radar operator from SCCJA
Background Investigator from SCCJA
DUI Detection and Enforcement from SCCJA
Accident Reconstruction from SCCJA
Aggressive Criminal Enforcement from SCCJA
Child Passenger Safety Seat Technician
Fraternal Order of Police Award of Lifetime Achievement in Law Enforcement
2006 South Carolina Highway Patrol Headquarters Trooper of the Year