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Hundreds mourn at funeral for Florence County deputy killed in car crash

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FLORENCE, S.C. -

Thursday a funeral was held for Deputy Joseph Antwine, the Florence County Deputy who died following a patrol car crash in November.

Hundreds of officers from across the state came to pay their respects to Antwine who graduated from the Citadel last year with a degree in criminal justice.

According to police, Deputy Antwine was responding to a call for immediate assistance by a deputy who encountered multiple disorderly suspects when the wreck happened.

Deputy Antwine, age 23, was driving with Deputy Brandon Floyd, age 26, on the night of Nov. 22 when the pair crashed on Half Moon Road near Johnsonville.

Floyd, who was  passenger in the 2009 Dodge Charger, was released from the hospital that weekend.

But, Antwine, of Lake City where his funeral will be held, was kept in intensive care and had at least two surgeries this week -- but died on Friday, authorities say.

The funeral for Deputy Antwine will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 5th at the Lake City Pentecoastal Holiness Conference Center. The address for that location is 608 S. Ron McNair Boulevard in Lake City.

The Florence County Sheriff's Department released this statement for Sheriff Kenny Boone:

"Anyone familiar with law enforcement knows how personally we are affected by something like this. We are as close as any family, and Joseph was one of us.  We continue to be touched by the outpouring of community support and ask for your continued prayers for Joesph's family and all our deputies."

"Today I lost a nephew, friend, and brother," Chris Antwine, a relative of Joseph's, wrote on Facebook on Friday afternoon.

"Joseph was a special person that touched many lives and continues to do so even in his passing. He loved being a deputy. He was so proud of the fact that he was a Citadel grad and protecting and serving his community. He was terribly loved and will be greatly missed. I have no words for the loss this will have on our family and our Law Enforcement family."

 The crash just before 8:30 pm impacted on the driver's left side, flipped the patrol car and landed it on the roof -- throwing both men from the vehicle, a webpage set up for fundraising for Antwine said.

 Antwine was wearing his seatbelt, however the force of the wreck broke it.  

While he was at Trauma Surgical Care Unit at McLeod's Hospital this week, Antwine had two surgeries and four procedures conducted to help his injuries heal, family said.

 "We are grateful for the incredible outpouring of support from the community for these deputies and their families," Sheriff Kenney Boone said in a letter to the community on Wednesday.

Boone  is not endorsing any particular fundraisers, but recommends that donations be made to the deputies through the Law Enforcement Advocacy Foundation (LEAF) which is an independent registered charitable organization founded to support local law enforcement, and to which tax deductible donations can be made. 

LEAF is working directly with the deputies and their families to meet their specific financial needs during their recovery period.  Anyone wishing to contribute can make checks payable to LEAF at 2700 Whirlaway Avenue, Florence, S.C. 29505. 

In addition, contributions can be made online at www.protectourofficers.com with a credit card.  All contributions will go directly to the support of the deputies according to their specific needs with no deductions for administrative costs. 

For any questions regarding this process, contact Stacey Watts at LEAF at (843) 615-8017 or at Stacey_watts@att.net

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