Fallen North Charleston Police officer laid to rest in Summerville

North Charleston Police Officer Ryan McCluen was killed in the crash. (Source: North Charleston Police)
North Charleston Police Officer Ryan McCluen was killed in the crash. (Source: North Charleston Police)
Family and friends enter the church Tuesday morning for the visitation (Source: Live 5)
Family and friends enter the church Tuesday morning for the visitation (Source: Live 5)
Officers park near the church Tuesday morning (Source: Live 5)
Officers park near the church Tuesday morning (Source: Live 5)
People lined the street as the funeral procession for fallen North Charleston Police officer Ryan MacCluen passed by. (Source: Live 5)
People lined the street as the funeral procession for fallen North Charleston Police officer Ryan MacCluen passed by. (Source: Live 5)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A somber procession led a fallen North Charleston Police officer to his burial Tuesday afternoon in Summerville.

Hundreds of family members, friends and law enforcement came together in Summerville to pay their respects and celebrate the life of Officer Ryan MacCluen.

MacCluen's fellow officers saluted the flag-draped casket outside the church before the 1 p.m. funeral.

MacCluen, 31, was laid to rest following a funeral at Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville.

Several people spoke at the service, many of them reflecting on Ryan's life and the fond memories they had of him.

Out of respect for the family, no cameras were allowed inside the church for the service.

Often, people talked about his passion for helping others in his community. Several mentioned his volunteer work with a North Charleston girls sports team. The girls from that team gave the family a medal: it was the medal they won at the end of one of their tournaments that Ryan was involved in.

MacCluen's body was taken from MUSC to James A. Dyal Funeral Home in Summerville during a procession on Saturday.

The family of MacCluen met with the officer's squad Sunday.

The family went to the North Charleston Police Department headquarters, where flags were flying at half-staff in honor of the fallen officer.

"It hits home whether you wear a North Charleston badge, a Sunmerville badge or a City of Charleston badge," said Summerville Police Chief Jon Rogers."It doesn't matter. We all work together, we all live together, we all live in the same community."

"It's been a rough week," said Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon."This was an opportunity to show a family that's actually from out of state, unaccustomed to the Lowcountry. I think we were of great comfort to them."

After the meeting, the MacCluen's mother and step-father said they have been overwhelmed by the support and love they've gotten from the community. They also said they've forgiven the woman charged with a felony DUI involving the death of their son.

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Posted by Live 5 News on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Officer killed in motorcycle crash Thursday night

MacCluen died Thursday night on Rivers Avenue when the motorcycle he was driving crashed into an SUV authorities say made a turn in front of him.

Whitney Danielle Brooks has been charged with felony DUI in connection with MacCluen's death. Her bond was set at $125,000, but her attorney claims she blew a 0.0 on the breath test. The results of the blood test have not been released.

His parents say they have already forgiven Brooks.

"We know her life will never be the same,"  Shawn Kahn, the mother of MacCluen said. "But we would hope that everybody learns a lesson from this and we all understand we have to be nice to people,"

Troopers say the accident happened at approximately 9:45 p.m. Thursday on Ladson Road near Henrietta Avenue,

Troopers say Brooks was operating a 2016 Toyota 4-door and tried to make a lefthand turn across the westbound lanes of Ladson Road at which time the motorcycle driven by MacCluen struck Brooks' car. Brooks was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured, troopers said.

MacCluen was off-duty at the time of the crash and was operating his 2008 Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was wearing a helmet at the time, troopers said.

West 3rd street in Summerville was closed Tuesday and there is no public parking there, Summerville Police Lt. Nick Santana said.

MacCluen started out as a dispatcher in 2013 and became a class-one officer on Aug. 15, 2016, according to South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy Florence McCants. He graduated from the academy on Jan. 20, 2017, with a 94.47 average. He had nine tests and not any had a score below 90, which McCants said indicates he was serious when it came to his studies.

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