Community mourns York Co. detective who died while attending daughter's wedding

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Law enforcement agencies from across York County are sending their condolences to a detective who died suddenly from a heat attack while attending his daughter's wedding in Costa Rica. 

There are no words to describe the sadness inside the York County Sheriff's Office this week. Detective Tim Buchanan passed away soon after the father-daughter dance. 

Friends told FOX 46 Charlotte as much as Detective Buchanan loved his job - his family was always his top priority.

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There are a few simple words friends used to describe Detective Buchanan. 

"Big burley guy. But he was a teddy bear at heart. That's all he was," friends said.

Tim Buchanan was also a man who loved his job. He walked into the York County Sheriff's Office nearly 19 years ago, quickly moving up the ranks to his most recent position, Detective of Criminal Investigations Division for Computer Crimes. 

"He was so smart. So self-taught. Everything he did, wealth off knowledge. Good friend. Just a good person."

Buchanan was known as a man who was never selfish, always passing on his knowledge to those just starting out in law enforcement. 

"I started here at the sheriff's office is 2002 and Tim was the first person who picked me up for training and we worked on night shift together. He was a great resource for me as a co-worker, but he was also a great friend. We had like a brother, sister relationship. He would pick on me I would pick on him. It was great. And I am going to miss just turning to him for our day to day conversations or going up and seeing him."

Although proud of his work, nothing could get in the way of Buchanan's love for his family.

"He did a lot for the sheriff's office. He worked hard, but he would always put his family first. That was obvious in the way he lived his life."

A GoFundMe account has been set up for Det. Buchanan’s family. Click here to donate or follow the link: