The life of a deputy with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office may have been saved by his adopted daughter.
Deputy Ralph Braswell was accompanied by his younger daughter, Arianna, at about 2 a.m. Sunday, when his vehicle broke down. He called wife Darlene, who was up with Summer, the 16-year-old the couple took into their home five years ago. Darlene and Summer drove to Templeton Road to help out.
A tree fell and blocked the roadway, delaying them.
When they arrived, Deputy Braswell was working on the car. While Braswell was under the hood, the engine exploded, engulfing him in flame.
Summer ran to the scene and extinguished the fire. Templeton Road is near Laurens County Memorial Hospital, but Braswell was shortly rushed to Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga.
The family is attempting to raise enough money to get a hospital bed, which is not covered by their insurance, for their home.
A local kennel, Pet Commander Boarding, has taken in their dogs. They needed to be removed from the house to create a cleaner environment for Deputy Braswell’s skin to heal.
Deputy Braswell was rushed back to the burn center in Augusta on Tuesday, suffering from elevated heart rate, high blood pressure and a fever. He underwent surgery that day. He is presently at home but will be returning to Augusta next week for further treatment and a hospital stay, according to the LCSO’s Facebook page.
Contributions may be made at Suntrust Bank, care of Justin Bandy. Donations should be made specifically for Officer Braswell. A fundraising program has also been established at www.givesendgo.com. Search “Officer Braswell.”
It was the second recent accident involving a LCSO deputy and fire. Adam Teseniar and his wife, Newberry County deputy Amanda Carter, lost their Newberry home to fire on June 2.