There is no doubt about it -- working in law enforcement can be dangerous. That is why every department has that special code used when an officer is in trouble and needs backup. Two South Carolina deputies were responding to just such a code recently when their cruiser crashed. The resulting work-related injury to one deputy ended his life; the other deputy was seriously injured and was at home recovering from his injuries at last report.
The deputies were en route to assist another officer who walked into a dangerous situation involving a number of unruly people on Nov. 22. Along the way, the deputies encountered their own emergency when their vehicle crashed. The cruiser was the only vehicle involved in the incident which is still under investigation. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation into the crash.