Every second counts - examining emergencies


Clearly, Laurens County needs a Sheriff’s Office sub-station in Fountain Inn.

Last Friday’s shooting inside the Yanfeng plant proves that beyond a reasonable doubt. The alleged gunman was able to get away because there was a 15-minute lapse between his getting in his car and the first law enforcement officer arriving on the scene.

The alleged gunman stayed on the lame for three days, then thought better of things and turned himself in. How he got a gun into the plant. Why, with a criminal record, he was working there in the first place. All that is for someone else to debate.

What I’m saying is, Laurens County must take steps to protect the industries in the northern I-385 corridor. I think - though I have no direct knowledge - that officials from ZF Transmissions already have relayed that message to Laurens County officials.

That’s more than 2,000 people under one roof, just at ZF. That’s a small city. That needs protection.

That’s just one of the industries near our border with Greenville County.

Now, people might say, with all the police up there - Fountain Inn, Simpsonville, Mauldin, Greenville County, Laurens County - why do we need more? But, on May 5, Mauldin police were working on something of their own (road rage directed at high school students), so there is no reason to think there can’t be multiple evens to which law enforcement must respond. 

It would take money - money Laurens County doesn’t have - to set up a Sheriff’s Office sub-station in Gray Court, or build on to the proposed Thompson Road fire station, or sign a contract for space with Fountain Inn. It needs to be examined, however.

Sheriff’s cars flying up Hwy 76 or trying to navigate traffic on I-385 after getting out of a headquarters in downtown Laurens (ie, traffic lights) is not the answer for the CEOs of multi-billion investments that are the industries of Gray Court-Owings/Fountain Inn.

Neither are we doing traffic accident victims a service by flying them to Greenville when the Laurens County Memorial Hospital is clearly accessible. This happened Monday.

I understand trauma units. I know every hospital can’t have a trauma surgeon, a thoracic surgeon, a heart surgeon in-house all the time. I’m not questioning the dedication of emergency services or helicopter medical personnel.

I am saying if there’s a wreck in front of the Laurens County hospital, take the person who needs the most aid to our hospital. We didn’t build a hundreds of thousands of dollars emergency room to treat colds - it’s there to treat emergencies, use it.

Helicopters flying trauma patients to trauma centers, yes, I want that. There’s even a company around here that sells insurance so you won’t have to pay that much if you need to fly, for medical purposes, in a helicopter. Medicine and helicopters are a big business, I get that. It’s a great medical tool.

So are the dedicated doctors and nurses of our own Laurens County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department.


(Vic MacDonald is Editor of The Clinton Chronicle. His columns appear monthly in the newspaper and in Blogs at MyClintonNews.com. Contact him at 833-1900 or sports@clintonchronicle,net.)



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