NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County deputies accepted the United States Honor Flag as part of an an honor for a fellow officer who died while on duty on Friday.
The flag was received in North Charleston by Deputy Matt Smoak to honor Deputy Jared Murphy, according to Charleston County Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson.
Murphy died after experiencing a medical event while on duty.
The flag had been in Alabama to honor three Haynes LifeFlight crew members killed in the line of duty on Easter Eve morning, and was transported in a custom vehicle known as HonorONE, Watson said.
Since 9/11, the flag has constantly been on the move, traveling over seven million miles, including a trip aboard the final space shuttle mission Atlantis and the International Space Station, Watson said.
The Honor Network is a nonprofit organization coordinating all U.S. Honor Flag functions and events as well as providing rapid response support for public safety agencies like police, fire, EMS and governmental and governmental first responder contract firms, according to a release from the sheriff's office. All services are provided at no cost. Including final funeral interment needs with select funeral directors around the nation.