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Deputy Sheriff Douglas M. Jones | Lexington County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina Lexington County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

Deputy Sheriff

Douglas M. Jones

Lexington County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Thursday, August 21, 1986

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 15 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Drowned

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Deputy Sheriff Douglas Jones drowned after accidentally driving into a drainage pond during a severe rainstorm. Deputy Jones was en route home when he volunteered to answer an alarm call at a business off of I-20 on US Route 1.

The following morning Deputy Jones failed to show up for work. A short time later a person at the business called to report that a blue light was sticking out of the surface of the pond. When the pond was drained Deputy Jones' patrol car and body were found. Deputy Jones had been able to exit his patrol car but was unable to crawl up the bank of the pond, as the bank kept giving way.

Deputy Jones had served with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department for 15 years. He was a widower and was survived by his seven children.

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I never met Officer Jones but I have the highest regard for his service, dedication and Sacrifice. My son drowned in the Saluda River nearly six years ago. Officer Jones’ son, Officer Mark Jones of the West Columbia Police Department, and Investigator Ben Thomas of the Department of Natural Resources came to our home to meet with us after completing their investigation. I later met a Columbia police Officer at a support group meeting. This officer had lost a relative that I knew and he had been at the scene as so many professionals tried to save my son. I believe that there is no higher calling than those that allow an individual to serve others and no one has exemplified this better than Officer Jones, father and son.

Ernest Shaw
February 15, 2014

 

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