WALHALLA — More than $4,800 was raised for the William F. Schuck Scholarship Fund and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation as a result of the first Oconee County Public Safety Golf Tournament held at Falcon’s Lair Golf Club in Picket Post.
A total of 11 teams participated which were made up law enforcement, fire and paramedics.
The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was started in 2005 to provide funding for life saving equipment and educational opportunities for first responders. The foundation has given $854,400 to first responders in South Carolina and $14 million dollars in 43 states.
The William F. Schuck Scholarship Fund was established in honor of Deputy Bill Schuck,who died in the line of duty on Feb. 7, 2010. The scholarship helps to cover tuition costs for students selected from the law enforcement program at the Hamilton Career Center if they major in a degree program at a college or university that can be used in a law enforcement career.
Jason Hilemn from Cardiac Sciences, the company from which the Sheriff’s Office recently bought eight Automated External Defibulators (AED’s), attended for the presentation of three awards.
Deputy Roy McKenzie received one award for performing CPR on a Mountain Rest woman on Cassidy Bridge Road in an incident that occurred Aug. 28. McKenzie received a second award, along with Deputy Adam Poore, for helping save a woman found unresponsive off Bear Swamp Road in August.
Captain Jeff Underwood of the Uniform Patrol Division credits the training the deputies received from Cardiac Sciences and the American Heart Association as a part of the purchase of the AED’s with saving lives in both cases. Paramedics William Tatum and Adam Potts, who are paramedics, provided the CPR portion of the training.