Richland County Deputy Mark Ryan loses cancer battle

cwinston@thestate.comDecember 2, 2013 

Richland County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Ryan is a single father of three girls. He has stage 4 lung cancer. To help him, fellow officers are holding "A Dam Ride for Cancer" on June 4. The sheriff's department held a press conference about the ride Monday. File Photo 2011.


— A Richland County sheriff’s deputy lost his battle with lung cancer over the weekend.

Deputy Mark Ryan passed away late Sunday, according to a press release from the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Sheriff Leon Lott said the community had actively supported Ryan and his three daughters as he battled cancer.

Lott said he was proud of Ryan for his battle against cancer but also for his service to the citizens of Richland County. Ryan recently received recognition for running into a burning apartment complex to save residents inside. Ryan was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

A single father raising three daughters, Lott said his family was his whole life. He stood beside one of his daughters when she was married on Nov. 12.

Ryan joined the department in 2008 and worked as a uniform patrol deputy and in victim services.

Ryan was diagnosed in early 2011 with lung cancer. It was a surprise, considering Ryan did not drink or smoke and had no family history of cancer.

A full ceremonial law enforcement funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Greenlawn Funeral Home.

Memorials can be sent to the Richland County Sheriff’s Foundation 5623 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223 and will go to support Mark’s daughters furthering their education.

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