SUMTER, S.C. — One Sumter Police officer has spent the last five years checking on seniors in the area as part of his job.
Sr. Cpl. Warren Davis has made weekly-wellness visits with more than 40 seniors.
All of this comes as part of the Sumter Police Department’s 'Project Checkmate' program, providing seniors and their families with an added sense of protection and security at no cost to them.
“I was a street officer before I started this job,” Davis said. “I feel like it’s really helped me find where the Lord was wanting me to go.”
Davis is the only officer in the program.
Each day, he visits those in need, helping them around the house, picking up their prescriptions and just being there to listen, among other things.
“When something happens that I don’t know how to handle it, first thing I think about is Cpl. Davis,” Dorothy Jordan, a participant in the program, said. “He is very, very personable; he is devoted to us ‘young’ folks and we appreciate him too.”
Mildred Byrden has been a participant for about four years.
“He is my backbone,” Byrden said. “That means, if I can’t do it, he can do it.”
If you’re interested in joining the program, call the Sumter Police Department at (803) – 436- 2700.