Kershaw, SC (WLTX) - A Kershaw County Deputy died early Wednesday morning after suffering a heart attack the day before, according to Sheriff Jim Matthews.
Matthews says Deputy Rob Evans, 50, was directing traffic at Wateree Elementary when he suffered that heart attack Tuesday afternoon, striking his head as he fell.
Evans was immediately attended to by two unknown nurses and Lugoff Fire Chief Dennis Ray, all parents picking up their children at the school, and administered CPR until EMS personnel arrived on the scene.
Deputy Evans was transported to the E.R. at Kershaw Health in Camden, where he was stabilized and transferred to Providence Hospital in Columbia for cardiac care. There his cardiac issues were addressed, and head injury assessed. He was placed in intensive care for overnight observation, and Deputy Evans passed away early Wednesday morning.
Deputy Evans did play-by-play for the Lugoff-Elgin High School football team. He is survived by his wife and two teenage children.
Evans was a 14 year veteran of KCSD, and Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said he will be dearly missed.
"Rob Evans was a school resource officer (for 7 years) at Lugoff-Elgin Middle, had a great love for the students he worked with, and was very well respected by school officials."
"Deputy Evans wanted to do something for middle school children during the summer, and came up with the idea of the "STARS" summer camps. He really went the extra mile with this program, which taught middle school children respect, community service, and gave them insights into law enforcement operations of all kinds," Sheriff Matthews went on.
"His loss to the community, the schools, and the Kershaw County Sheriff's Office will be great."
Funeral arrangements will be handled by Powers Funeral Home, at 832 Ridgeway Road in Lugoff.