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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: SC

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 69th Line Of Duty Death for 2013 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Assistant Chief has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends and our Brothers & Sisters with the Loris Fire Department.

Rodney Hardee

Rank: Assistant Fire Chief
Age: 66
Gender: Male
Status: Volunteer
Years of Service: 40

Date of Incident: 07/06/2013
Time of Incident: 2224hrs
Date of Death: 07/09/2013

Fire Department: Loris Fire Department
Address: PO Box 548, 3909 Walnut Street, Loris, SC 29569
Fire Department Chief: Jerry Hardee

Incident Description: Assistant Fire Chief Hardee responded to a brush fire late in the evening of July 6th, 2013. Upon return from the response, Hardee complained of having a headache and then departed the station and returned home. Early the next morning, Chief Hardee failed to respond on another emergency call. His wife noticed he was seriously ill and contacted 911 Fire/EMS for a possible stroke. Chief Hardee was transported to Grand Strand Hospital in Myrtle Beach where surgery was performed that day. Assistant Fire Chief Hardee succumbed to his CVA injury and passed away around 0200hrs on the morning of July 9th.

Incident Location: Hwy 747 and Hwy 9 bypass, Loris, SC

Tribute is being paid to Assistant Fire Chief Rodney Hardee at

To date, 69 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2013. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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