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Bluffton resident Frank Szczepanik fidgets and smiles in the front of the camera.
He says he is not one for accolades or attention, and he tenses slightly when someone calls him a hero.
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The American Red Cross begs to differ.
Each week, reporter Patrick Donohue will post reports from various public-safety officials in Beaufort and Jasper counties on his "Serve and Protect" blog. This week's post is written by 14th Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone.
In 2000, State Law Enforcement Division crime rates showed the 14th Judicial Circuit, which includes Beaufort County, was one of the most violent circuits in the state for domestic abuse.
There were more victims here than in the densely populated circuit that encompasses Columbia.
Each week, reporter Patrick Donohue will post reports from various public-safety officials in Beaufort and Jasper counties on his "Serve and Protect" blog. This week's post is written by Lee Levesque of the Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District.
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