North Charleston Police Chief Driggers takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

North Charleston Police Chief endures a bucket of ice water to raise awareness of efforts to fight ALS outside the police station Friday.

UPDATE: 2 p.m. Saturday

Charleston County Assistant Sheriff Mitch Lucas accepted the challenge. The date, time and place where this joint cold water challenge will occur will be announced Monday.


North Charleston Police Chief Eddie Driggers is the latest to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Driggers endured a bucket of ice water poured over his head Friday outside the police station to promote awareness of efforts to fight ALS, a progressive disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Driggers accepted the challenge from Mount Pleasant Police Chief Carl Ritchie, North Charleston police spokesman Spencer Pryor said.

The ALS Association noted the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge on its website recently.

"In the last two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has quite literally 'soaked' the nation," the association posted Tuesday. "Everyone from Ethel Kennedy to Justin Timberlake has poured a bucket of ice water over his or her head and challenged others do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within twenty-four hours."

Donations in the last two weeks are up almost four times from the same period last year, the association noted.

Driggers has challenged Assistant Charleston County Sheriff Mitch Lucas, Charleston Deputy Police Chief Tony Elder and Mount Pleasant Deputy Police Chief Stan Gragg to do the same or make a donation to fight ALS within 24 hours, Pyror said.

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