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Bennettsville, surrounding communities honor late deputy

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BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - A funeral procession for Delton Daniels, a Marlboro County Sheriff's Deputy and local firefighter, was one of the largest the city of Bennettsville had ever seen, multiple people who attended said.

"That just shows the brotherhood the state of South Carolina has in its fire service," Bennettsville Fire Chief Dixon Odom said.

22-year-old Delton Daniels, better known as Del, died early Saturday morning after getting in a car accident while on duty the week before with the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office.

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He had been hired just two weeks prior and was preparing to go to the police academy.

"We just kind of look at it that Del died loving what he wanted to do in life," said Mary Skipper, who is the deli manager at Del's family's grocery store.

Del was also a firefighter with the Bennettsville and Brightsville Fire Departments.

"It was an absolute joy to being his chief because he would always come to my office and he was always smiling," Chief Odom said.

His involvement in both the law enforcement and firefighting communities was evident at his funeral Tuesday.

Multiple agencies from around the state had trucks in the parking lot and cars on the street outside Christ United Methodist Church for the funeral at 11 a.m.

Law enforcement officers and firefighters then led a procession from the church to Oak Ridge Cemetery, creating a long trail of blue and red flashing lights down the street.

Even Governor Nikki Haley posted to Facebook about Del's death asking people join her in lowering flags to half-staff to honor him.

"Del was a wonderful person," Skipper said. "He just brought so much life to the store. That's all I can say about him. Everybody loved him."

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