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TO REQUEST THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NAME THE INTERSECTION LOCATED AT THE JUNCTION OF PERCIVAL ROAD AND FAIRLAMB ROAD IN RICHLAND COUNTY "DEPUTY JERRY LEE HURD, JR. MEMORIAL INTERSECTION" AND ERECT APPROPRIATE MARKERS OR SIGNS AT THIS INTERSECTION CONTAINING THESE WORDS.
Whereas, Richland County Deputy Jerry Lee Hurd, Jr., an employee of the Richland County Sheriff's Department, was injured in the line of duty on Memorial Day in 2002 while working as a prisoner transport officer receiving an inmate from another deputy when he was struck by an oncoming car. As a result, he was paralyzed and, despite a number of surgeries, over time lost the use of both legs; and
Whereas, after the incident, Mr. Hurd returned to work as a member of the victims' assistance team. In 2017, he was hospitalized with complications from the incident and later died on November 9, 2018; and
Whereas, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott called Hurd's death a great void within the department: "A loss not only of a member of our Richland County Sheriff's Department family, but a loss that should not have been"; and
Whereas, Sheriff Lott praised Mr. Hurd as one who never stopped wanting to be a deputy and that he always wanted to help others; and
Whereas, Mr. Hurd was married to Emma Barkley. Together they were blessed with three daughters - Kristina Cheshire, Jennifer Schermhorn, and Mary Ann Ingle; and
Whereas, it is fitting and proper that members of the General Assembly pause to honor Mr. Hurd for his selfless devotion to the Richland County Sheriff's Department and his community by naming an intersection in Richland County in his memory. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the South Carolina General Assembly request the Department of Transportation name the intersection located at the junction of Percival Road and Fairlamb Road in Richland County "Deputy Jerry Lee Hurd, Jr. Memorial Intersection" and erect appropriate markers or signs at this intersection containing these words.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Department of Transportation.
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