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      Dead Dog Saloon hosts annual 9/11 local heroes benefit

      Hundreds of people gathered in Murrells Inlet Wednesday at the Dead Dog Saloon for its annual Local Heroes' Benefit.

      The event raises money for local first responders, police and fire crews.

      All throughout the day, the restaurant offered free food, raffles, auctions and live entertainment.

      In years past, they have raised more than $145,000 for the Horry and Georgetown counties' Fire and Life Safety Expo and the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office "Shop with Santa" program.

      John Campbell, managing partner at Dead Dog Saloon, remembers how the idea for the event got started in the wake of the 2001 tragedy.

      "When our bartenders asked us what we should do he asked what do you think we should do and he said, 'Well, Charlie there's a line of people at the door,' and that's when we realized people want to be together in times of tragedy to share their thoughts," owner Charlie Campbell said.

      This year, a portion of the proceeds will again be donated to the Rolling Thunder Grand Strand Chapter 3.