Florence County's "Officer Friendly" has died

Herbert Leroy Gregg "Officer Friendly"/Courtesy: Gregg family

Herbert Leroy Gregg,78, passed away Sunday following a long battle with cancer, according to his family.

Gregg worked for the Florence County Sheriff's Office for 28 years and became known as Officer Friendly in the community.

He served as a lieutenant before he retired and would visit schools, churches and neighborhoods to talk about CrimeWatch.

Gregg's funeral takes place Thursday at Salem Baptist Church in Florence at noon.

Burial services will follow in the church's cemetery.