A half-dozen Pelion residents are happy that police drop by every Monday.
“It’s wonderful to know the town thinks enough of its elderly to look out for us,” Edna Combs said of the weekly checks.
The brief visits are part of a routine by officers to keep an eye on the welfare of older residents in the community of 700 people in the southwest corner of Lexington County.
Homes have been painted, grass mowed and other repairs done after officers passed the word to community groups that a little help was needed.
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Part-time officer Butch Throckmorton, 66, takes a low-key approach for checks he describes as “making sure they’re up and at ’em.”
Each visit typically lasts a few minutes as Throckmorton asks the seniors how they’re doing and reminds them to call for assistance should they feel ill or other trouble develop.
“I never want to wear out my welcome,” he said.
Llewellyn Tindal is delighted with the drop-ins. “I enjoy them coming,” she said.
The checks – arranged by request – are an invaluable safeguard for residents and their families, town leaders say.
“This is local community policing at its best,” said Councilman Charles Haggard, who was mayor when the checks began.
The checks are “the right thing to do” but are beneficial for law enforcement as well, Police Chief Chris Garner said.
Retirees mostly are at home and alert the town’s six-officer force to neighborhood problems, he said.
“They tell us things,” Garner said. “They’re a good set of eyes and ears.”
Residents who are checked on like the idea of an officer regularly coming to make sure they are well.
“If you don’t answer the door, they do what they have to do,” Deborah Amodeo said. “They just want to make sure everything is good.”