Heres an example of Phillip DeClemente's service. Both of these bridge jumpers mentioned above are people that he tried to save. When he couldnt, he recovered them personally with dignity and returned them to the families so they had one last chance to say goodbye. Phillip, we miss you out there performing your rescue activities!
One more thing to add, all of the STALKING CHARGES were dismissed after Phillip signed away his part in the ownership of the PI business, gave up one surveillance van and paid $10,000 to David Leaird. The only charge Phillip had was a simple harassment for a GPS that was placed on his girlfriends car who was being used by David Leaird to steal money from Phillip's bank accounts. In court, Timmy Finch, the prosecutor told the judge "we are dropping the stalking charges because there is not one piece of evidence that supports these accusations" and " Mr. DeClemente should have never been charged with this". However, after Phillip spent over $175k to defend himself, the simple reply to Phillip from Mr. Finch was "have a nice life". My personal feeling is Mr. Timmy Finch should be disbarred from the SC Law Bar, because he allowed falsified evidence to enter this case, he supported and knew David Leaird was making false police reports to attack Phillip but yet still did nothing until this drug out where he would have to take it to trial. Wow, maybe the charges should of been dropped from the begining Mr. Finch and none of us would of had to go through the bridge incident. Timmy Finch, you are just as guilty as David Leaird and I hope one day, you as well as David C. Leaird are held accountable for what you did to this man.
Lets see if we can let those understand the true facts. He went to SC SLED, the FBI and Lt. Jack Scarb. with the Charleston County Sheriffs office months before this blew up. He pleaded for their help, to stop David Leaird (ex-husband) from harassing him, stalking him and threatening his life. Because Phillip knew of several VIP's personal issues and high profile peoples wrong doing's that involved their Private Investigation business, this gave David no right to try and keep Phillip's mouth shut. These people were judges, lawyers, police offiicers and wealthy businessmen. Phillip was tired of money being paid to their PI firm that was damaging peoples lives and wanted to stop the attacks by certain VIP's. He did everything he could to get involvement from the right people. Mr. DeClemente saved hundreds of lives during his 18 years as a medic, rescue diver, SAR Tech and extrication tech. When he couldnt save their lives, he assisted in recovering the dead so they could be returned to their familes for closure. Not one time did he get paid for any of his heroic actions. Why did he choose the most visable monument in Charleston. Maybe because he was the Rescue Diver who saved the first man who jumped from this bridge. Maybe its because everytime someone was going to jump or did jump, he was the first to be called due to his expertise. My assumption is he took all his counterparts to the place that would bring everyone together in one location including the FBI, SLED and local officials and make one last plea. Personally, I think it was a job well done, not only of this day but of everyday he unselfishly gave his life to save others. I know there are hundreds of familes that are spending their life with loves ones that Mr Phillip saved or was involved in saving. For that Im thankful to know him and appreciate everything he has done for this town. I can only imagine there are some who want to bash him, but I bet some of you have ended your suffering because of Phillip DeClemente's actions. This town knows we lost one of the best Rescue guys we ever had. Its not only the 30 plus newspaper acticles Ive seen of him, but the countless amount of awards from the Optimist Club, Charleston County Rescue and the Charleston County Sheriffs office that only supports my statement. I always remember opening up the daily newspaper and I would see another news picture/acticle that Mr. DeClemente was in during the course of his duties as a Rescue Tech/Rescue Diver. I know he even solved murder cases for this town. I will always remember you Phillip for the good you have done for our town. And I commend you for standing up to the public officals that would not stop the wrong that was done to you by David Leaird and the local police departments. I wish there were others like you who had the courage to do this. Maybe one day, those who attempt to bash you will realize the reason you went to the bridge, it was a stand for what was right and wrong. You are and always will be a true hero!
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