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Kentucky woman drowns in Garden City

Kenneth Slone Kenneth Slone
GARDEN CITY, SC (WMBF) -  A Kentucky woman drowned at Garden City Beach on Sunday, June 28, according to Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.

Laurie Davison, 52, from Lexington, was pulled from the ocean in Garden City. Emergency crews responded to the beach to perform CPR on Davison before the woman was transported to a nearby hospital.

Davison was pronounced dead from asphyxiation due to drowning, said Willard.

Davison was the manager of the Salato Wildlife Education Center and leaves behind two 6-year-old twins - Cathy and Yakob, said Tim Slone with the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife.

She had been with the center since 2000 and was an integral part in making the center successful, Slone added.

Slone explained the center opened in 1995 and flourished under Davison's direction since she started working there in 2000. More than 100,000 visitors were greeted there every year by Davison as she put her mark on all of the exhibits.

She interacted with thousands of people, Slone said, and shared her passion for wildlife and for areas in Kentucky.

She recruited hundreds of volunteers to work with the center and was an overall wonderful person who continued to share her love of nature with others.

Slone said Laurie Davison was visiting the Grand Strand with her family, including her two young twins. He said he is working on plans to set up a fund for her children.

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