LANCASTER COUNTY, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A Lanacaster County deputy who served for more than two decades died in the line of duty on Tuesday, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy James Kirk Jr., 57 passed away at Springs Memorial Hospital after collapsing after a training event at the Sheriff’s Office firing range. He was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from what appears to be a medical condition.
Deputy Kirk proudly and honorably served the citizens of the Lancaster community for the past 28 years.
“Deputy Kirk was a true public servant who dedicated his life to the service of others and this community. Our hearts are heavy as we mourn his loss. During this difficult time we ask that you keep Deputy Kirk’s family, his friends, and his co-workers in your thoughts and prayers," Sheriff Barry Faile said.
He began his career at the City of Lancaster Police Department and retired from that agency after 25 years of service. He later joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2015 and continued his life of service.
No other information has been released at this time.