Hundreds gather to remember Michael Doty and honor law enforcement officers

- Hundreds gathered outside of the York County Courthouse Sunday evening to remember the York County deputy killed in an ambush.

The service was also a chance to say thanks to all first responders, including the other law enforcement officers injured after responding to a domestic call.

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The vigil was led by local faith leaders.

“It is a difficult time, but we are reminded that the only thing that can stamp out hate is love. And the only thing that can extinguish darkness is light,” said Rev. Dr. Carlton Brown, chaplain for the York County Sheriff’s Office.

The service comes ahead of Doty’s funeral which is scheduled for 12 p.m. Monday at Calvary Church in Charlotte.

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Doty was involved in the Sheriff’s Department’s Explorers Program, which provides training to young adults interested in becoming law enforcement officers. Several of Doty’s mentees attended the vigil.

“Behind his badge he had a heart of gold,” Marie Burkhart said, an 18-year-old participant in the program. “It actually makes me want to go out there and do my job even more. Doty is an example of a good officer.”  

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