Playground built in honor of fallen Anderson Co. deputy vandaliz - FOX Carolina 21

Playground built in honor of fallen Anderson Co. deputy vandalized

Posted: Updated:
Vandalism at Starr playground (July 11, 2017/FOX Carolina) Vandalism at Starr playground (July 11, 2017/FOX Carolina)
Vandalism at Starr playground (July 11, 2017/FOX Carolina) Vandalism at Starr playground (July 11, 2017/FOX Carolina)
Starr Kids at ribbon-cutting ceremony for playground. (Source: Jessica Blanton) Starr Kids at ribbon-cutting ceremony for playground. (Source: Jessica Blanton)
Alex Burdette (File) Alex Burdette (File)
STARR, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office is investigating destruction at a playground dedicated to one of their own who was killed in the line of duty.

Deputies were called to investigate vandalism at the playground at the Starr Walking Track on Bowie Street, which was built in honor of fallen deputy Alex Burdette. Deputies said they found overturned trash, swings wrapped around poles and the rock climbing wall ripped off.

On Tuesday, Starr mayor Ed Sokol was at the playground helping to clean up trash. A portable toilet was among the items overturned.

The park is still open after the damage, but the playground is still closed until repairs can be made.

Sokol said he is contacting the manufacturer about replacement parts.

Jessica Blanton, an Upstate mom whose son, Jackson, helped raise money to build the new playground, said they saw the damage while visiting the park Tuesday.

Blanton said Burdette's family lived near the walking track and after his death in 2005, his wife and daughters put up the playground in his honor.

After several years, the playground had suffered wear so Jackson and a group of friends nicknamed The Starr Kids raised money in the community to buy all new equipment.

Blanton said she had to explain to Jackson, now 11 years old, about the vandalism to the park.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the vandals responsible.

"Starr is, like I said, a tight-knit community," Sokol said. "I feel like that someone that knows something about it would come forward."

Copyright 2017 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
Fox Carolina
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WHNS; Greenville, SC. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.