HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC/WMBF) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that killed an Horry County Police officer Tuesday.
Highway Patrol Cpl. Sonny Collins said the crash happened just after 4 p.m. and involved a 2007 Mazda sport utility vehicle that struck a pedestrian.
Horry County officials say Officer Melton “Fox” Gore, a 20-year veteran of the agency, was working to remove debris from the roadway when he was struck by a vehicle and killed.
Gore worked as an environmental services officer, Police Chief Joseph Hill said. He was responsible for a variety of calls including animal welfare calls and litter complaints and debris.
“What we know now, it is all very preliminary, we’re waiting for the Highway Patrol investigation to conclude, but he was out removing debris from the roadway and and that’s typical Fox if you knew him,” Hill said. “He cared about this community. Most people may have passed that debris by swerving around it, but not Fox. He wanted to make sure nobody was hurt by it.”
Hill said he had last seen Gore Tuesday morning when he stopped by to say hello. Hill said Gore was an excellent cook and anyone who attended one of his meals knew the love he put into it.
“What a wonderful guy. And I will never forget him,” Hill said. “I will never forget the brief conversation we had today, because on his way out, he says, can’t wait to I can cook for you again.”
The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety, which recently lost one of their officers, Sgt. Gordon Best, in a New Year’s Day crash, has already expressed their condolences to the department.
“Another tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with the family and Horry County Police Department. We will be here for you like you were for us a few short days ago,” the department said on its Facebook page.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.