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Home  |  News  |  Building Unity in the Community, Another member of the Richland County Sheriff's Department Commits to Competing Globally for a Good Cause‏

Building Unity in the Community, Another member of the Richland County Sheriff's Department Commits to Competing Globally for a Good Cause‏
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Building Unity in the Community, Another member of the Richland County Sheriff's Department Commits to Competing Globally for a Good Cause‏, by Sheriff Leon Lott

As Sheriff of Richland County I encourage members of our Department to find ways to dedicate themselves to making positive changes in our communities. I am incredibly proud of how our Department members are making commitments to make a difference.

An example of this is the pledge Richland County Sheriff's Department Investigator Amy Hartland and Deputy Cornell Young have made to push themselves mentally and physically to honor those who were affected by the September 11th terrorist attacks by participating in the 2011 World Police and Fire Games in New York City, N.Y.

Inv. Hartland will represent the Richland County Sheriff's Department by swimming in the World Games. This is her second trip to the sporting event; in 2009 Inv. Hartland competed and placed second, third and forth.

"It's almost like I started dreaming again; reaching for the dreams I had years before," says Inv. Hartland.

This time she will compete in five swimming events in three days of competition and hopes to improve on her swimming races from 2009, but Inv. Hartland admits finding time to get in the water is not easy.

"It's more challenging now to train with my work load. But I swim whenever I can fit it in."

Inv. Hartland started swimming at 10 years old, and with the exception of a four year break after first joining the Department, she was training about five hours a day with the goal of competing for gold. She says she's more than happy to join other police officers and firemen from around the world competing for a great cause.

Dep. Young shares her feelings of wanting to give back to the community. He will compete in the 400 meter hurdles and 110 meter hurdles. Dep. Young started competing in college and felt this would be a great way to commemorate the memory of those lives lost on 9/11.

"This is a good way to support the survivors and the families. Great things happened here to support what was going on that tragic day. I want to give back anyway I can," says Young.

Dep. Young says this competition also serves as a way to achieve a life long goal.

"It's always been a dream of mine to represent the country in this way."

The World Police and Fire Games is a not-for-profit organization with two goals: remembrance of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and gratitude to those who supported those directly affected.

The games will be held in New York City for the remembrance of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 August 26 through September 5, 2011.

If you would like to help Inv. Hartland and Dep. Young with their expenses associated with participating in the World Games by making a donation, please call 803-309-2647.

Learn more about the World Police and Fire Games by going to http://2011wpfg.org/

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