Loris assistant fire chief’s name will be added to state memorial Wednesday

04/01/2014 7:44 PM

04/01/2014 7:45 PM

Area firefighters will gather Wednesday in Columbia to memorialize the late Loris assistant fire chief – the only line of duty death last year, according to a news release.

Rodney Hardee, 66, died July 9 after he suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was hospitalized following a brush fire, according to authorities.

On Wednesday, Hardee’s name will be memorialized during the annual South Carolina State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at the state fire academy in Columbia.

Hardee will be the only firefighter to be honored during the service, which is organized by the S.C. State Association of Fire Chiefs, at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Plaza.

The service is set to begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 141 Monticello Trail in Columbia, across from Ben Lippen School and Columbia International University.

Hardee had responded with crews to a late night brush fire call on July 6, but became ill after the call. He was hospitalized at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center until his death.

Hardee had served 40 years in the fire service.

A scholarship fund, the Rodney C. Hardee Memorial Scholarship Fund, was established in his memory for students who have survived life’s obstacles.

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