HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - First responders and officers of the law have missed one of their own who was hospitalized shortly after the devastating fire in Windsor Green.
On Sunday morning, a post from the Horry County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page announced that Deputy Sheriff Tim Causey has passed away. This is the message they posted:
"It is with deep regret that we have to report that our friend and coworker, Deputy Sheriff Tim Causey, passed away this morning as has gone to be with the Lord. He passed away around 9am at the Medical University of South Carolina. Please pray for peace, strength and understanding for the Causey family. We will pass along the arrangements as soon as we get them."
Horry County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Jeff Benton explained several weeks ago that their beloved Deputy Sheriff Tim Causey has spent the past months in the Medical University of South Carolina where he was listed in "critically stable condition."
On a ventilator and in a medically induced coma, Deputy Sheriff Causey suffered from the 'perfect storm' of smoke inhalation and the H1N1 virus.
Sgt. Benton says Causey was one of the first responders called to the Windsor Green community on March 16 and fell ill a couple of days later. He was treated by his own doctor and even drove himself to McLeod Hospital in Florence where he was admitted for smoke inhalation days after the fire was extinguished.
From Florence, Causey was flown to MUSC to be treated for smoke inhalation and acute respiratory failure.
His family members have been traveling to Charleston constantly to be with Causey. His daughter says it wears on them.
"Travel and everything, this whole situation is just stressful," said Sommer Causey.
Deputy Sheriff Causey has been in law enforcement for over 25 years, working for the sheriff's office, the Horry County Police Department. He served as a warrant officer.
"We miss him. We love him." Sgt Benton said previously.
On Wednesday, his daughter Taylor graduated from the Horry County Academy for Technology and Academics. Causey couldn't make it, so deputies showed their support by filling in for him.
Anyone wishing to make a direct monetary donation or send an encouraging word to the deputy's family can do so at this address:
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