City announces escort route for fallen North Myrtle Beach officer; funeral won’t be open to the public

City announces escort route for fallen North Myrtle Beach officer; funeral won’t be open to the public
The city of North Myrtle Beach has announced the escort route for an officer killed in the line of duty. (Source: North Myrtle Beach Police Department)

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The city of North Myrtle Beach has announced the escort route for an officer killed in the line of duty.

Sgt. Gordon Best, 30, was killed in a New Year’s Day crash while responding to a call.

On Wednesday, Best’s body will be escorted to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and will return to the Grand Strand that same day.

The route for Wednesday is as follows:

  • Police escort meets at 5:00 a.m. at the M.L. Brown Public Safety Building in Conway
  • Departs the M.L. Brown Building at 5:30 a.m.
  • Leaving M.L. Brown Building, turn left on Main Street
  • Turn Right on 4th Avenue
  • Continue straight onto 701 South into Georgetown
  • Merge onto US Highway 17 South into Charleston
  • Charleston County will pick up the escort inside their jurisdiction
  • Charleston County will lead escort into and out of MUSC
  • Arrive by 8:00 a.m. at MUSC

Return to Goldfinch Funeral Home in Conway:

  • Leaving MUSC, return up U.S. Highway 17
  • Merge onto U.S. 701 North in Georgetown
  • Continue onto 4th Avenue in Conway
  • Turn Left onto Beaty Street
  • Turn right into Goldfinch Funeral Home

Officials say if changes occur to route locations, the North Myrtle Beach Police Department and North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue will notify the public via their social media platforms.

On Friday, Best’s funeral will be held at the Alabama Theatre.

The funeral procession begins at 12:00 p.m., while the funeral service will begin at 2 p.m.

The route from Goldfinch Funeral Home to Alabama Theatre on Friday is as follows:

  • Turn right on Beaty Street
  • Right on 7th Avenue
  • Left on Main Street
  • Merge onto 701
  • Left onto SC 22
  • Proceed East on S.C. 22 to S.C. 31 Northbound
  • S.C. 31 Northbound to Highway 9
  • Right onto Highway 9
  • Merge onto U.S. Highway 17 South
  • Right Turn into 1st Avenue South
  • Left on Bay Street
  • Left on 2nd Avenue South
  • Right on U.S. Highway 17
  • Right at 48th Avenue South into Barefoot parking lot

According to the city of North Myrtle Beach, the public is welcome to position along the route to honor Best but should keep their vehicles out of the flow of traffic, and legally parked.

The public is asked to not park or stand in medians.

According to city officials, a walk-through of the Alabama Theatre on Tuesday included identifying seating available for the funeral under COVID-19 restrictions.

“The end result is that only the family, all North Myrtle Beach Public Safety personnel, dignitaries, and invited Masons (Sgt. Best was a Mason) can be seated. No other seats are available,” information from the city of North Myrtle Beach stated.

A videographer will livestream the entire service. That link will be available to the public once the city receives it.

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