Sheriff partners to bring awareness
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - Sheriff Partners with Advanced Diagnostics, Local Doctors and County Council to declare Deputy Darral Lane Week and Provide Health Screenings. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott believes that health and wellness are paramount toward having the most professional law enforcement agency in the State.
The Sheriff’s vision and passion for professional law enforcement starts with the health and wellness of your Deputies. With this vision and commitment he requires yearly physical examinations, supplies health screenings and support staff for diet and health; while also maintaining the highest standards for physical fitness readiness testing anywhere. In addition, the Sheriff leads by example by personally conducting rigorous physical fitness training for himself and requiring it for all employees. The Sheriff works very closely with any group that encourages all citizens to get yearly physicals, heart screenings and to live healthy lifestyles.
In conjunction with the Great American Heart Walk (March 22, 2014) and in support of his mission for having the healthiest department possible, Sheriff Leon Lott has partnered with Advanced Diagnostics and Richland County Council to declare March 17-22, 2014 as Deputy Darral Lane week and in providing FREE health/heart screenings for all RCSD employees.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that through the generosity of Advance Diagnostics, Dr. Eugene Schwarz, Dr. Pamela Lyon, Dr. Erik Hartvigsen and Dr. Reginald Parker personnel of the Sheriff’s Department are being provided with FREE EKG, blood pressure, carotid ultra sounds, echo cardiograms and BMI testing/results. The Sheriff stated that these services go a long way toward protecting our employees.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that he pushes all of his personnel to be healthy because on December 14, 2007 Deputy Darral Lane died of a heart attack while serving our community. Darral had a heart condition, which he was not aware and during a chase died as a result of it not having been identified during his regular physical exam. In memory and honor of Deputy Lane the Sheriff's Department conducts free cardiac checks, requires detailed physical examinations and provides wellness, diet and fitness plans for employees. This year, Sheriff Leon Lott reached out to Richland County Council to ask that they declare March 17-22, 2014 as Deputy Darral Lane week in hopes to bring greater awareness to health and wellness.
Mr. Stephen Shroyer of Advanced Diagnostics stated that he has been in the community for 19 years and has grown to love it and wants to give back. Mr. Shroyer stated that the deputies provide an invaluable service to our citizens and by providing these services we are helping to protect them. Mr. Shroyer concluded by saying that if one person is helped, then the time and effort to provide these screenings is worth it.
Dr. Eugene Schwarz MD, FACC stated that he is pleased to support the efforts of the Richland County Sheriffs Department to identify heart disease risks for deputies. Dr. Schwarz stated that protecting deputies is a small way to repay them; ultimately protecting them from a tragedy occurring to them or their families.
Sheriff Leon Lott understands the importance of being heart healthy especially since heart conditions have been so close to home at the Richland County Sheriff's Department.
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