YORK COUNTY, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Detective Mike Doty's family is asking you to make a donation in his name in lieu of flowers. They picked an organization he worked closely with to battle underage drinking and the opioid epidemic.
The Keystone Substance Abuse Services team held a banner saying 'thank you for your service' in honor of Detective Mike Doty. They stood with hundreds of others along the procession route to Doty's final resting place.
"I feel that loss. It hurts. Somebody who was working so hard every day to save lives. We really feel it. We really feel the loss," said Monica Hanna, a spokesperson for Keystone.
The entire Keystone team signed the banner. Alex Greenawalt says she worked with Detective Mike Doty on the Alcohol Enforcement Team.
"He joined me at Winthrop and spoke at a substance abuse class with me on a panel. He talked about his job. You could hear his passion. At some point he had to stand up from the table. He was so excited talking and answering questions."
Greenawalt says Doty helped keep alcohol out of the hands of minors. His involvement with the AET lowering the percentage of alcohol retailers selling to kids from 35 percent to 6 percent.
She says he also helped save more than 30 lives by training deputies how to use narcan to save people from a drug overdose.
"In my heart knowing the work and the passion Detective Doty had makes me want to strive further and uphold his legacy. He is our hero."
Detective Mike Doty was set to speak at this Thursday’s Opioid Summit at Keystone. His coworkers found the notes he prepared for the summit in his car.
All the donations made in Doty's name will go to the programs he was involved in. You can click here to make a contribution.
"Not only did he save lives while he was here. He continues to save lives," said Hanna.