Photo Gallery: Community remembers fallen soldier, deputy Ryan Rawl

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Ryan Rawl was a Richland County Sheriff’s deputy, school resource officer and a member of the South Carolina National Guard. He was killed by a suicide bomber in 2012 while serving in Afghanistan.

“I want people to remember him,” said Diane Rawl, Ryan’s mother. “But not just our son, I want all veterans to be remembered.”

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department held the 4th annual Ryan Rawl memorial event Saturday on the South Carolina State House grounds. This was the first year the entire event took place on the State House grounds, and it included a series of Crossfit-style workouts on a course through the historical landmarks on the grounds.

“Each workout represents something in Ryan’s life,” event coordinator Scott Puckett said. “We are remembering him and thinking about his sacrifices with each challenge.”

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott participated in the challenges and said he knew Ryan Rawl very well when he served for the department.

“Ryan liked to have fun, but he was a very dedicated officer and very dedicated to the children he worked with,” Lott said. “The pain we endure today doesn’t compare to the sacrifices he made for his community and his country.”

Proceeds and donations from the Independence Day event benefit scholarships in memory of Ryan Rawl.