Passing of Deputy Mark Ryan
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced Monday the Passing of Deputy Mark Ryan. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Mark lost his battle with cancer late Sunday afternoon. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that many in the community actively supported Mark, and his three daughters, as Mark fought lung cancer. The outpouring of support and love that Deputy Ryan received over the last several years was tremendous. Deputy Ryan spoke frequently about the great people at RCSD and in Richland County that supported him; with Mark saying in 2011 “I could not have made it this far without the help, support and prayers of everyone at RCSD and the community”.
The Sheriff stated that he is extremely proud of Mark for not only battling hard, for so long, against this crippling disease but for continuing to work for the Department and citizens of Richland County up until the very end of his life. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Mark’s devotion to others was evident in his exemplary service – recently Mark received recognition for running into a burning apartment complex (with no regard for his own personal safety or medical condition) to save citizens inside; Mark was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation shortly afterwards.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Mark was a devoted single father who raised three daughters. The Sheriff stated that Mark’s daughters were his whole life and one of Mark’s proudest moments was standing with his daughter as she was married on November 12, 2013.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Deputy Mark Ryan joined the Sheriff’s Department in 2008 having worked as a uniform patrol deputy and in Victim Services. The Sheriff is asking the community to continue their support of the Ryan family by praying for them as they deal with this difficult time.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that a full ceremonial law enforcement funeral will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM at Greenlawn Funeral Home. The Sheriff stated that memorials can be sent to the Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation 5623 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223 and will go to support Mark’s daughters furthering their education.
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