Member Spotlight

SCiDUC recognizes members who have made a significant contribution to incorporating UAS technology to improve the execution of their agency's mission.  To nominate a SCiDUC member for the SCiDUC Member Spotlight, please click the button below and provide a short description as to why you feel they should be recognized.


July 2021

Ryan Reid

As a member of SCiDUC, Ryan Reid is both committed to his full-time professional career as a first responder and his commitment to sharing his passions for technical advances in the Unmanned Aerial System industry for Public Safety. Ryan is a UAS FAA Part 107 certified Pilot currently employed with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office (SC). Additionally, Ryan serves as a UAS pilot on their Search and Rescue (SAR) team and his duties in Uniform Patrol.


With over 23 years as a first responder, Ryan has dedicated his life to public safety and continues to grow by gaining more advanced knowledge of innovative robotic solutions to save lives, gain situational awareness, and enhance tactical operations.


Ryan started his emergency services career as a volunteer firefighter while in high school. However, Ryan’s passion for public safety grew over the years and delivered him into a career in law enforcement. As Ryan expanded his fire and law enforcement services knowledge, he obtained his bachelor's degree from Anderson University in Emergency Management / Homeland Security. Ryan served as incident commander on several federally declared incidents in the State of South Carolina and was awarded a South Carolina State Achievement Ribbon for his outstanding performances during the disasters of Hurricane Matthew.


“Using this technology in public safety to enhance situational awareness, document and record critical indents in real-time is paramount. Drone technology is the tool for the toolbox! This technology assists in saving lives and property, bottom line! When we can utilize this technology to keep our responders and the general public safe, it is a win for everyone.”


Ryan utilizes UAS technology in his daily functions and continues to work with his agency and its leaders to educate, train, and grow their UAS program into one of the best in the state. To date, Ryan has flown over 200 UAS missions for public safety to locate missing/endangered persons, eluding suspects, or document critical incidents. 

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