Hundreds gather to say goodbye to Florence County deputy killed in the line of duty

Several hundred people packed the sanctuary of the SC Conference of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Lake City Thursday afternoon to say their final goodbyes to Deputy Joseph Antwine, who died from injuries sustained in a car wreck.

Deputy Antwine died last Friday morning at the hospital.

On November 20th, Antwine was driving his 2009 Dodge Charger patrol car headed to provide backup for a fellow deputy on a domestic call when he ran off the road, hit a utility pole, causing the car to flip and overturn.

Deputy Brandon Floyd was riding with Antwine. He received minor injuries and was released from the hospital after two days.

Floyd continues to recover at home.

Friends say Antwine had two surgeries for his injuries before he died.

He is a Lake City High School honor graduate class of 2008 and a graduate of the Citadel Class of 2012, according to his obituary.

It says while at the Citadel he obtained the rank of Cadet Major.

He has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his academic and professional careers including the Col. Joseph E. Perkins Honor Committee Award for recognition of invaluable service to the Corps of Cadets by upholding and promoting the high ideals of the Citadel honor system as a member of the schools honor committee which he served on for one year, according to his obituary.

Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone gave remarks on Antwine's time with the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

"There is an unusual close relationship which is more than employee employer. When one of us falls in the line of duty, we take it personally. Joseph had all the qualities of honor and integrity that we look for in a deputy," said Sheriff Boone. Boone added Antwine was a hero and they will never forget him.

Burial services will follow at Shiloh Church Cemetary in the Coward community of Florence County.