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Lightning’s Profile

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Hello and thank you for viewing my blog. I want to tell you a little bit about myself. I was raised in a place that most people have never heard of and that’s a place called Possum Kingdom. Possum Kingdom is located in the lower part of Greenville County. Our family has about a 100 acre farm where we have always raised beef cattle. I grew up in the local church, Cedar Shoals Baptist Church on Cooley Bridge Rd. I was saved at the age of seven; I thank God for my Godly parents. I went to Woodmont High School and graduated in 1983. I went to work in the public safety field full time on September 15, 1983 at South Greenville Fire Department. My son Justin was born in 1987 and was raised on the farm and at the fire station. I worked my way through the ranks from day time dispatcher to Captain. I had a job offered to me in May 1992 in Anderson County, so across the river I went. I started at Anderson County Fire Control (6th largest fire department in the nation with over 850 volunteer firefighters and 28 stations) as the country’s Training Supervisor. I was then promoted to the county’s Fire Chief. In 1994 I transferred to the Arson Unit and went to the Police Academy and finished up in November 1994. In June 1996 I married the love of my world, Claire. In August 1999 my Pumpkin Pie, Abigail was born. I worked as an investigator for the next 6 years and then was promoted to Chief of the Arson Unit. I developed NASH cirrhosis of the liver and that forced me to retire on September 29, 2006. On January 28, 2007 we received our 4th phone call to come to MUSC in Charleston and on January 29, 2007 I received my transplant, after 3 days I was discharged, God poured his blessings on me. I have had no problems with the transplant but after about 6 months I was diagnosed with a pleural effusion, so 3 surgeries later and God has once again blessed me. God also blessed me in October of 2008 by allowing my donor’s family to make contact with me and my family, Shawn Bissell my donor has such a wonderful family, God bless Shawn’s memory and his family.

I hope you enjoy the blog and visit often.

God Bless You,
Pelham Medlock
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Lightning