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Published on July 21st, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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RCSD Drug Suppression Team Present Citizens with Replaced Statue

Pictured from left; Carol Long, Kenneth Long and members of the RCSD Drug Suppression Team

Sheriff Leon Lott is proud of the many passionate and committed deputies who work at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department; many of whom go above and beyond the call of duty everyday. Sheriff Leon Lott states that recently the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Drug Suppression Team (DST) made him especially proud by replacing a military monument statue of a Richland County citizen’s deceased son, which was broken by a suspect as the result of a stolen vehicle pursuit. Sheriff Leon Lott states that DST’s actions exemplify the true spirit of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.

On April 23, 1987 Marine Private First Class James C. Griffith was killed in a hit and run off of Alpine Road by an intoxicated driver. Before James’ death, he had purchased a monument statue in hopes that it would serve as a Guardian Angel for his family. Unfortunately though, the statue was broken after a suspect in a stolen vehicle pursuit with the RCSD Drug Suppression Team abandoned the vehicle to try and run on foot; the vehicle ended up running into the porch of James’ family and crushed the statue. The suspect was captured and no other injuries resulted. However, upon learning the meaning behind the statue, members of the DST researched where James purchased the statue, collected money between themselves and presented Carol Long (James’ mother) and Kenneth Long (James’ step-father) with another statue just like the one James purchased so long ago. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Drug Suppression Team went beyond their job description through this act of compassion and portrayed a level of care that is what lets our citizens know that we are their trusted public servants with a heart.

Sheriff Leon Lott is committed to supporting all of his employees in their work and endeavors both inside and outside of the department. Sheriff Leon Lott is proud of the efforts and successes of each and every deputy and will continue to lead them with respect and high standards of excellence; it is with these standards that the Richland County Sheriff’s Department will continue to build unity in the community and make Richland County a better place to live, work and play.

Deputy Katelyn Jasak
Office of Public Information
Richland County Sheriff’s Department

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