The Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad is mourning the unexpected loss of one its active and founding members.
Assistant Chief Robert "Mr. Bob" Dunlap died at his home Thursday evening at the age of 83, according to a release.
Chief Dunlap spent 52 years with the Charleston County Rescue Squad, most notably as the operator of the fatality transport unit, "Rescue 4," the release states.
Dunlap was among seven people who founded the North Charleston Volunteer Rescue Association in October 1962 following a petition to state legislators for a Certificate of Incorporation. The name was changed the following year to Charleston County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, Inc.
In 1998, Dunlap was honored with the Order of the Palmetto for his work with the community and the Rescue Squad.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
Below is a statement released by the Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad:
The officers and members of Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad regretfully announce the passing of one of our active and founding members, Assistant Chief Robert "Mr. Bob" Dunlap. Chief Dunlap passed away at home yesterday evening. Chief Dunlap spent 52 years with the Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad, most notably as the operator of the fatality transport unit, "Rescue 4". Chief Dunlap never met a stranger, and always had a huge smile on his face 24 hours a day. He was a father and grandfather figure to many in the squad. Please keep his wife, Gloria and his son Division Chief Bubba Dunlap, Charleston County EMS in your thoughts and prayers as well as his family in the squad. Funeral arrangements are still pending but will be released as soon as we have them.