MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - An Horry County sheriff's deputy has died after working three nights of security at the scene of a fire that destroyed 26 condominiums near Myrtle Beach in March.
Horry County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jeff Benton says 50-year-old Deputy Timothy Causey died Sunday at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Benton said Causey was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and acute respiratory following the fire in Windsor Green . He was later transferred to the Medical University in Charleston where doctors diagnosed him with the swine flu, he developed pneumonia, and was placed in a medically induced coma.
The exact cause of death was not immediately available. Causey was a 25-year veteran of law enforcement and had worked for the Horry County Sheriff's Office for two years.
His family members have been traveling to Charleston constantly to be with Causey. His daughter says it wears on them.
"Travel and everything, this whole situation is just stressful," said Sommer Causey.
Deputy Sheriff Causey has been in law enforcement for over 25 years, working for the sheriff's office, the Horry County Police Department. He served as a warrant officer.
"We miss him. We love him." Sgt Benton said previously.
On Wednesday, his daughter Taylor graduated from the Horry County Academy for Technology and Academics. Causey couldn't make it, so deputies showed their support by filling in for him.
The March fire displaced 190 people.