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Hundreds turn out for funeral of county employee, rescue squad member

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Hundreds of people turned out Friday morning for the funeral of a Charleston County employee who died while working the deadly shooting of a deputy.

Larry Britton, 58, suffered a heart attack while providing support to officers during the incident on Monday night. 

Britton died around 3 a.m. at a hospital, according to Coroner Rae Wooten.

"We want to pay tribute to Larry and let him know what he meant to us," said Rescue Squad Assistant Chief Trae Wright."He meant the world to all of us at rescue and all over the county."

Britton was the manager of the county's 911 communications and also was a longtime member of the Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad. 

According to Wright, Britton was working for the communications division in Charleston County Monday night at the shooting at the Gardens at Ashley River Complex, getting radios and equipment to take to the scene. 

"Larry had a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off his back," Wright said."It didn't matter what the situation was, he was there with a hug, or there just to be supportive. People need to know that Larry was one of the most caring people that I knew."

Wright said it has been a very sad week and there hasn't been a dry eye anywhere.

Britton's funeral was held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Johns Island.

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