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Home  |  News  |  Richland Co. deputy dies serving country in Afghanistan

Richland Co. deputy dies serving country in Afghanistan
Thursday, June 21, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Richland County Sheriff's Department is honoring a fellow deputy who died while serving as a member of the South Carolina National Guard in Afghanistan.

Lt. Ryan Rawl was killed in the line of duty on Wednesday in an apparent suicide bombing.

The Department of Defense has yet to release specific details about the incident. The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that three U.S. service members and an Afghan interpreter were killed in a blast that also left 17 Afghans dead in eastern Afghanistan.

The U.S. Embassy said that three NATO service members and an Afghan interpreter died in the explosion. A U.S. official speaking anonymously to discuss casualties ahead of the official release says that the foreign troops killed were Americans.

Afghan officials said the strike in Khost province was a suicide bomber who rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into a military convoy.

Rawl joined the sheriff's department in 2005 after graduating from the Citadel in 2004. Sheriff Leon Lott said Ryan first worked as a patrol deputy and then became a school resource officer at Crayton Middle School.

In August 2006, Rawl requested leave from the sheriff's department to go into basic training with the National Guard. In a meeting with Lott, he told the sheriff, "I feel that it is my duty to serve my country."

Rawl is survived by a wife and two children.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/18846164/sheriff-to-discuss-deputys-death-in-afghanistan

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