RCSD Leadership Conference
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced today the passing of Captain Joseph Pellicci.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated the passing of Captain Pellicci leaves a large void in the Richland County Sheriff’s Department family because Joe so positively impacted everyone at the Sheriff’s Department and in the Community; in so many ways. Sheriff Leon Lott stated the Joe was a man of God who cared for his family at home and the Department; he did so much for so many people and will be missed more than words can say.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Captain Joseph Pellicci began his career working as a reporter at WLTX and then as the Public Information Officer for the South Carolina Highway Patrol and subsequently the South Carolina Department of Public Safety; before joining the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in 1997 as the Public Information Officer. Joseph Pellicci was promoted to Captain over the Special Services Division, where he oversaw the School Resource Officer Program, Project HOPE and Handicap Parking Programs. Captain Pellicci was the consummate professional and completely dedicated to public service. He worked tirelessly for Special Olympics for many years and was responsible for helping to make the Richland County Sheriff’s Department Special Services Division second to none in promoting safety in our schools and communities.
Sheriff Leon Lott added that Joe Pellicci was 53 years old and is survived by his wife, 2 children and son-in-law who is a Richland County Sheriff’s Deputy. Funeral arrangements have not been made at this time but will be released as soon as they are finalized. Sheriff Leon Lott is asking that everyone keep the Pellicci family in your thoughts and prayers.
Special surprise guest, George Rogers, dancing the electric slide with the children and C.A.T. Deputies at the American Legion Youth Christmas party hosted by Sheriff Leon Lott and RCSD!
Sheriff Leon Lott and RCSD are proud to host the youth Christmas party for the American Legion. A special event of food, dancing and presents!
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced today the Passing of Deputy Mark Ryan. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Mark lost his battle with cancer late yesterday afternoon. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that many in the community actively supported Mark, and his three daughters, as Mark fought lung cancer. The outpouring of support and love that Deputy Ryan received over the last several years was tremendous. Deputy Ryan spoke frequently about the great people at RCSD and in Richland County that supported him; with Mark saying in 2011 “I could not have made it this far without the help, support and prayers of everyone at RCSD and the community”.
The Sheriff stated that he is extremely proud of Mark for not only battling hard, for so long, against this crippling disease but for continuing to work for the Department and citizens of Richland County up until the very end of his life. Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Mark’s devotion to others was evident in his exemplary service – recently Mark received recognition for running into a burning apartment complex (with no regard for his own personal safety or medical condition) to save citizens inside; Mark was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation shortly afterwards.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Mark was a devoted single father who raised three daughters. The Sheriff stated that Mark’s daughters were his whole life and one of Mark’s proudest moments was standing with his daughter as she was married on November 12, 2013.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that Deputy Mark Ryan joined the Sheriff’s Department in 2008 having worked as a uniform patrol deputy and in Victim Services. The Sheriff is asking the community to continue their support of the Ryan family by praying for them as they deal with this difficult time.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that a full ceremonial law enforcement funeral will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM at Greenlawn Funeral Home. The Sheriff stated that memorials can be sent to the Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation 5623 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223 and will go to support Mark’s daughters furthering their education.
Sheriff Leon Lott and the Richland County Sheriff’s Department honored with other public safety agencies by the University of South Carolina.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department, University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement and Safety, Budweiser of Columbia, the SC Restaurant & Lodging Association, the Greater Columbia Hotel & Motel Association, the Greater Columbia Restaurant Association and Lamar Advertising have joined forces to make our communities and roadways safer; across Richland County with the Stand Up, Stand Out; Show Your Shield Program.