Red Bank, SC (Paul Kirby) – The Lexington County Coroner’s Office had an area of the Wal-Mart on South Lake Drive taped off Sunday afternoon because of a death that occurred in one of the restrooms there. Sometime around 2:00 p.m., a man was discovered unconscious and not breathing in that area of the store.
Many of the area’s firefighters were on the scene of a mobile home fire on Pinestraw Circle off Emmanuel Church Road, but Red Bank’s fire station was manned by personnel that had come in to cover it during the fire. A truck from that station responded quickly as did a Lexington County EMS unit which was dispatched when the call was received. As soon as the first responders arrived at the store, they began to render aid to the gentleman. Unfortunately, they were unable to revive him.
Lexington County EMS has set protocols in place that allow them to treat patients who are in cardiac arrest with the same medical attention that they would receive in an emergency room. These paramedics, EMTs, and first responders can stop resuscitation efforts once these protocols have been followed and it becomes obvious that their patient cannot be revived. They do this while they are in contact by radio with doctors at the hospital.
Once resuscitation efforts were stopped, Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher’s office was notified. Personnel from that office cordoned off the restroom area while they investigated the death. At this point, they have not indicated that the cause of death was anything other than natural.
Editor’s Note: We do not usually report on deaths by natural causes. We are only writing this because of the number of people who saw the restroom area taped off and the coroner’s staff on the scene. As Wal-Mart is a very public place, rumors had already started circulating regarding what had happened there. Thus, the purpose for this article. We pray that the man’s family will find comfort from God and support from the community after his passing. May he rest in peace.