State trooper laid to rest in Pee Dee

Friendfield, SC - By Brandon Herring - bio | email

FRIENDFIELD, SC (WMBF) - A South Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper who died while on duty was laid to rest Tuesday. The graveside service for Corporal Kevin Cusack was at the cemetery of Hebron Baptist Church in the Friendfield community of Florence County.

Cusack died when he ran off of Highway 200, just south of Lancaster, at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Cusack was on duty at the time. Investigators are working to figure out what caused the accident.

The burial service followed Cusack's funeral in Lancaster Monday. The service included the full honors from the Highway Patrol for a trooper who died while on duty. A horse drawn caisson brought the casket to the grave site as more than a hundred troopers and other law enforcement officers looked on with family and friends.

The playing of bagpipes accompanied the service, and there was also a moment for the firing of rifles and the playing of taps. American flags were also given to Cusack's mother and three children.

A unique moment of the service came during a traditional "last call" from the Highway Patrol. Over the quiet cemetery, a dispatcher could be heard calling for Cusack on his radio. The dispatcher called three times and then alerted all units there was no response and that Cusack was 10-42. The code usually means an officer has gone home. In regards to the service, it means the officer is unavailable and has gone home for the final time.

Cusack's pastor and friend from Clover called the loss of Cusack a tragedy. He said everyone who knew Cusack will miss him.

"We became the best friends I've ever had on the face of this earth," explained Pastor Elwood Seamster. "He was my deacon. He was a Godly man, a truthful man, and a man you could count on his word. It's just a tragic situation. It's a sad day. It's a solemn day, but thank God it'll be a joyous day one day, and that gives us hope to get through it day by day. That's the only way I can get through it is to believe that."

Cusack moved to Clover in 1989 when he joined the South Carolina Highway Patrol. His mother lives in Lake City.

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