South Congaree, SC 05/25/2023 (Capt. Chris Garner) - The South Congaree Police Department announced recently that it now has a certified child restraint technician on staff. Sgt. Chad Walker attended the class necessary for certification that was hosted at the Lexington Police Department in April of this year. The class was put on by DEHEC in conjunction with Safe Kids Worldwide.
According to Captain Chris Garner of the South Congaree Police Department, South Congaree residents can now call the Police Department to speak with Sgt. Walker by dialing (803) 755-2760 and following the recorded prompts. Walker can then set up a time to instruct an adult on proper child seat installations. He can then correctly install the car seat in the correct position for the adult he is instructing.
Walker is an 18-year veteran in law enforcement. Chief Josh Shumpert said, “We are very pleased to have him with this agency. He is an asset to us and this community with his many years of experience and professionalism. The department is committed to enhancing the quality of life for its citizens and all that visit our town,” Shumpert concluded.
Safe Kids Worldwide® is a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries. Most people are surprised to learn preventable injuries are the #1 killer of kids in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and almost every one of these tragedies is preventable.
Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 400 coalitions in the United States and with partners in more than 30 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more.
Since 1988, when Safe Kids was co-founded by Dr. Marty Eichelberger and Herta Feely of the Children’s National Hospital with support from founding sponsor, Johnson & Johnson, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 61 percent. Working together, we can do much more to protect kids.
Captain Chris Garner, the senior officer of the South Congaree Police Department’s Support Services Division commented by saying, “Losing one child is one too many, and we don't want any parent to have to endure the loss of a child. We're calling on everyone to come together, to raise awareness and to get involved. Saving lives is a decision we can all make every day”.