Kershaw County School Resource Officer passes away

Kershaw County Sheriffâ??s Office Deputy Rob Evans passed away after suffering a massive heart attack.

COLUMBIA (WACH) â?? Kershaw County Sheriffâ??s Office Deputy Rob Evans passed away after suffering a massive heart attack.

Deputy Evans, 50, passed away Providence Hospital after suffering a massive heart attack. Deputy Evans was a 14 year veteran of the Kershaw County Sheriffâ??s Office and served as a School Resource Officer.

On November 26, 2013, Deputy Evans was directing after school traffic at the Wateree Elementary School when he collapsed and struck his head on the pavement. Two mothers, who are also nurses, were picking up their children and observed Deputy Evans fall to the ground.

They went immediately went to his aid and began administering CPR to him.

Lugoff Fire Department Chief Dennis Ray was also in the line of traffic, picking up his child. He then quickly assessed his condition and called for Lugoff Fire Department assistance. He was then transported to Kershaw Health, and later Providence Hospital.

Deputy Evans passed away at 5:30am at Providence Hospital.

â??I donâ??t know who they were, but the two nurses who immediately ran to Deputy Evansâ?? aid were instrumental in keeping him alive from the outset. The two Lugoff firefighters who continued CPR for nearly 30 minutes while at the scene and in the ambulance deserve considerable praise. The medical staff at Kershaw Health and at Providence were outstanding and compassionate and they did everything humanly possible to save the life of Deputy Evans. However, God had other plans and all the medical expertise and technology we had at our disposal was not enough to save him. Although the outcome was not what we wanted, the efforts to save Deputy Evans were outstanding in all respects,â?? said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. â??I cannot thank every single person involved in this incident enough.â??

â??Rob Evans was a School Resource Officer at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School where he worked for about 7 years. He had a great love for the students he worked with and was very well respected by school officials for the manner in which he interacted with students and staff. Rob was the â??Voice of the Demons,â?? announcing Lugoff-Elgin football games for several years. He was assistant basketball coach at the Lugoff-Elgin Middle School and also did play by play announcing for the football team. 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 age children respect, community service and gave them insights into law enforcement operations of all kinds. He had a great rapport with students who did not hesitate to come to him with problems or concerns. His loss to the community, the schools and the Kershaw County Sheriffâ??s Office will be great.â??

Deputy Evans leaves behind a wife and two teenage children. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Powers Funeral Home.