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Lexington County law enforcement agencies mourn alongside brothers and sisters from Florence

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – As news began to filter in from Florence County Wednesday evening that one Florence city police officer was dead and six other officers were shot in an incident in an active shooter drama in a subdivision called Vintage Place near the City of Florence, law enforcement professionals in Lexington County began to mourn the passing of their brother and feel much of the pain that their colleagues in Florence felt. The law enforcement community is tight knit, and it carries with it a special bond like other jobs where those who sign up do so knowing they are risking their lives every time they clock in at work.

Departments around our county began to show their emotions quickly by posting on social media their thoughts and prayers for their counterparts in Florence. Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon and his staff at that department said via Twitter, “We’re thinking about our fellow law enforcement officers with the Florence Police Department and the Florence County Sheriff’s Office as they deal with the aftermath of a call and response unlike any other. We stand by ready to support them any way we can.” Chief Terrance Green and the men and women of the Lexington Police Department also weighed in via Twitter with a post that read, “Our prayers and support are with the Florence Police Department, the Florence County Sheriff's Office​ and the families of the law enforcement officers involved in the incident this evening.”

Meanwhile, down in the City of Cayce, Chief Byron Snelgrove’s Department kept it simple and from the heart with a tweet that simply said, “We have ONE goal in common....We are ONE Family!! #FlorenceStrong #CayceDPS #ThinBlueLine,” while the team at the Irmo Police Department said, “Please keep your thoughts and prayers with the Florence County Sheriff's Office and Florence City Police Department.” Chief Kevin Cornett and his men and women in Springdale said over Facebook, “We are praying for our counterparts in Florence PD and Florence County Sheriff’s Department. Please keep the officers, their families, and everyone involved in the incident earlier this evening in your thoughts.”

Please join all of us in praying for the families of the injured and fallen, the other officers and deputies of the two departments, but most importantly, pray for the men and women who are out there every day and night making sure we are safe!

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