YORK COUNTY, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - A York County Sheriff’s Deputy who died from injuries sustained during a shooting on Tuesday was taken back to South Carolina this morning.
A single line of flashing lights moved down Interstate 77 Thursday afternoon as a procession of law enforcement officers brought the body of Detective Mike Doty back home to York county. It ended at the Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.
"It's an indescribable feeling I had today when I saw the car pull up and the sheriff and his officers. it's something I won't take lightly, that I’ll remember for a long time," said Robert White with Piedmont EMS. White is also a retired reserves deputy with York County.
“There were hundreds here. it was an outpouring of love and support. it made me so proud to be a part of this organization. knowing mike and the deputies. walking among them this afternoon was breathtaking,” he said.
He says through the tears, everyone was sharing stories about Mike Doty, remembering him dearly.
“There was never a dull moment around him. he was the ring leader. he was a go getter. when he was in the room, everybody knew it. he loved to make people smile. he cared about those around him."
Sheriff Kevin Tolson told FOX 46 that Doty’s twin brother - who also works at the sheriff's office - is an example of strength and leadership following his brother's death. The sheriff says he's inspired by Sargent Chris Doty’s example.
“Losing a brother and a twin I can't imagine how much more that must mean. Sgt. Chris Doty is showing strength and leadership through this tragedy,” Sheriff Tolson said.
He says the next few days will be difficult as they prepare for Doty’s funeral.
“As a leader you don't have a rule book to follow when you have a tragedy like this. You have to be as strong as you can. I told them it's going to be different without Mike, but it will be ok. We’ll be okay. That's what Mike would want,” said Sheriff Tolson.
Detective Mike Doty’s body will undergo a medical autopsy in Charleston and then return to York county where he'll be laid to rest.
A celebration of life service is planned for noon Monday, January 22 at Calvary Church, located at 5801 Pineville Matthews Road in Charlotte. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery in Rock Hill, SC.