A police escort accompanied Sumter County’s coroner van Thursday morning as officials transported the body of Cpl. Andrew Gillette to Charleston for an autopsy two days after he was killed in …
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Serve and Connect has established an online fundraiser in memory of Cpl. Andrew Gillette, a 36-year-old Sumter County Sheriff's officer who was gunned down in the line of duty Tuesday while serving an eviction notice at a home in Dalzell.
Donations can be made by visiting Serve and Connect's website, and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to his family.
According to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, this is currently the only official donation site for the Gillette family.
A police escort accompanied Sumter County’s coroner van Thursday morning as officials transported the body of Cpl. Andrew Gillette to Charleston for an autopsy two days after he was killed in the line of duty.
Motorists traveling along Interstate-95 and I-26 this afternoon may be delayed or re-routed if their travels coincide with Gillette’s return home Thursday.
The 36-year-old Sumter County Sheriff’s Office deputy was attempting to serve an eviction notice at a house in Dalzell on Thomas Sumter Highway when the man inside fired multiple shots, striking the corporal in the chest. He died shortly after at the hospital despite his bulletproof vest. The suspect was killed by return fire.
Gillette worked at the sheriff’s office for seven years. He moved to Sumter when he was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in the 20th Fighter Wing’s Egress shop, serving for 12 years. He met his wife in Sumter, "met a local girl and stayed here,” he has said in previous interviews with the sheriff’s office.
Col. Derek O’Malley, 20th Fighter Wing commander, emailed a statement Thursday morning that described Gillette as a man who “devoted his life to service – not only in the Sumter community but also within the military community.”
“Cpl. Gillette brought a level of dedication, compassion and generosity to the members of our wing, their families and the community. When he left the military, he continued to selflessly support Shaw,” O’Malley said in the statement.
Gillette’s continuation of service was proven just two weeks ago when he helped recognize an airman for a job well done.
Following a hit and run, A1C Samuel Frye assisted passengers and directed traffic to ensure there were no additional injures.
“As members of this community, it is truly humbling to hear about our airmen and community partners who come together to provide unparalleled service in support of this great nation,” O’Malley said. “A beloved father and friend, we will miss Cpl. Gillette; he truly embodied uncommon patriotism, and we will strive to live like him in honor of his memory.”
An earlier version of this article stated Gillette was 37, according to information provided in a breaking news situation by law enforcement. The corporal was 36, according to his obituary.
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