Across the county, the sun is shining and the temperature is rising. As families look forward to summer fun, others worry about the heat.
Police departments nationwide have programs that seek to help people manage hot summer days. Local examples in South Carolina include Columbia Police Department’s Annual “Fan the Heat” program provides families in need with fans and A/C units. The Lexington Police Department has an program where they visit the elderly to ensure that their A/C’s are working and in good shape for the weather.
In addition to programs offered by police departments, police officers often choose to keep waters in their car just in case they come across someone in need.
Evan Antley with the Cayce Department of Public Safety is one of these officers. He shared with us how several of the officers with Cayce D.P.S. keep waters in their car. He also shared with us a powerful interaction he had helping keep someone cool.
Two officers had engaged in a foot pursuit. “They ended up running hard for about a quarter a mile,” Evan shared. “When they got [the suspect] into custody, he was hot and breathing hard. I asked him if he wanted water and he said yes.” So, he grabbed one of the waters he had in his car and helped the suspect, who was in hand cuffs, take a cool sip of water.
“It’s no problem for me,” Evan shared. “He’s running from us. He may think we are the enemy. But I hope by treating him with respect, he sees us differently. He was a young guy. This was his first real arrest. I hope this lets him know that when it’s all said and done, we are just people too.”