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      Late assistant fire chief acknowledged by state

      Rodney Hardee, an assistant fire chief in Loris who died last July, has been recognized by the State of South Carolina for his service to the Loris community.

      Hardee, who was 66-years-old when he died of a massive brain bleed, was remembered at a special ceremony on Friday at the Public Safety Building in Loris.

      State Representative Rodney Hardee shared a State House resolution honoring Rodney to the wife, children and grandchildren he left behind.

      The resolution paid tribute to his life and nearly 40 years of service to a community that his family said he cared so much about.

      "He was a public servant in the truest sense, and he did everything because he loved people. He loved this city, and he just worked very hard for the community and it makes me proud that he has been honored this way," said his wife Donnella Hardee.

      The family was also given a flag that flew over the State House in Columbia.

      "He didn't want any gratification for anything he did, helping this community was everything he was about," said his son Ashley Hardee.