In 1991, Rick Elms began work in law enforcement. He worked patrol for about 10 years, then he went on to become Captain of Investigations at The City of Manning Police Department. He kept this role until his recent retirement.
Elms has served the citizens of Clarendon in many forms. He’s a family man, friend, protector, and volunteer. He did all these things to make Clarendon a better place, but now Elms and his family need some help from the community that he has loyally served and protected for so many years.
In May of 2022, Elms had quadruple bypass surgery. Elms mitral valve was completely closed and his stints were blocked. The doctors did not think he would make it through the surgery, but nine hours later Elms was resting in the recovery room. The recovery process has been grueling for Elms and his family. In addition to his heart surgeyr recovery, Elms has begun dialysis because his kidneys have shut down. The family just recently learned that his heart valve is no longer intact and infection has set in. Yet another valve has been found to be loose and leaking fluids. Elms is currently at DUKE University hospital in Durham NC on a ventilator.
Close friend and former co-worker Lieutenant Sean Briley with the City of Manning Police Department recalls his days of working side by side with Elms. “I had the privilege of working with Rick for 16 years before he retired. During that time I was trained by him in Investigations. I am forever grateful for the wisdom he taught me in law enforcement, but I am most grateful for his friendship. Continued prayer and support for Rick and his family are greatly appreciated.”
Current Chief of Manning Police Department Keith Grice agrees. “Rick was dedicated to the law enforcement profession. He truly enjoyed working with the public and loves his family. He was a great investigator and he is still well respected by his former peers and the citizens he served for so many years.”
The Elms have made Manning their home for many years. His wife Candi and their three daughters Devin, Baylee and Brice, along with new granddaughter Hazel, all call Clarendon home.
Mayor Julia Nelson said, “Prior to Rick’s retirement, he was an exemplary police officer in our city and a valued member of Team Manning. It was very disheartening to learn of Rick’s health challenges. Our prayers, and thoughts are with him and his family. As I’ve said before, we know where we are now and what we’re facing at this moment, but things can literally change before our next breath. I would strongly encourage everyone who is able to provide monetary support to please do so. This is one of the things that we do best in our hometown and that’s coming together to assist those in need.”
To help Clarendon’s finest in his toughest battle yet a go fund me has been set up and donations can be made at https://gofund.me/05bceeb2
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