Deputies honored for bravery
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott is proud to announce the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association has honored deputies from the Department with the medal of valor for their courage, commitment and professionalism in the face of danger.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that on January 16, 2014 the South Carolina Sheriff’s Association held their annual awards banquet. In the presence of Sheriffs from around the State, their peers and families, the deputies were honored for placing their lives on the line in service to our communities. The Sheriff stated that each deputy puts the uniform on everyday not knowing what will face them during their tour of duty. The Sheriff added that these particular deputies were honored because they rose to the occasion in protection of our citizens, their fellow deputies and themselves.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that sometimes our deputies are forced to make decisions to save their lives or the lives of our citizens and sometimes our Deputies are forced to shoot and kill the suspect; when that happens they have to rely on courage, training and professionalism to conduct themselves appropriately and come out of it alive. The Sheriff added that 2013 saw four separate incidents where suspects forced deputies to use deadly force in protection of our communities.
As the Sheriff of Richland County, the Sheriff has committed himself to making sure our deputies are given the best training; in order to make the best decisions to care for the citizens of Richland County. In the event these tragic incidents happen our deputies will be cared for and go through our critical incident support program; as they continue to work for the Richland County Sheriff's Department.
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