Highlighting our heroes week-Eddie Richardson

Eddie Richardson, originally from Brockport, NY, is a retired disabled police officer who resides in Lexington, SC with his wife, Amanda, and their daughter, Jordan. They have two boys, Jonah and Caleb, who reside in Columbia and Charleston, SC.

He began his service in law enforcement with the South Carolina Highway Patrol in 2006, earning the MK Bullard Award in 2008 for Aggressive Traffic Enforcement. In late 2010 he was hired at the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department where he quickly achieved the rank of Corporal, a shift supervisor. During his tenure he received the Medal of Valor among other citations and awards for on-duty heroics. While working full time at the Sheriff’s Department, he also worked for the Pelion Police Department and The University of South Carolina Police Department. During this period, he also completed his Bachelor’s in Psychology, graduating Summa Cum Laude from South University.

Ambushed in 2016, he was thrown into the realm of workers compensation and forced to retire in 2017 from severe spinal trauma. His retirement initially consisted of assisting other wounded officers in any way that he could, culminating in walking legislation onto both the floors of the House and Senate in Washington, DC. Since its inception he has been a certified peer and the Peer Coordinator for The Wounded Blue charity, assisting in telephone and physical on-scene callouts for trauma and outreach in the law enforcement community. Now, as the COO of The Wounded Blue, he works tirelessly to continue their mission of Support, Education, Assistance, and Legislative (SEAL).

 

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