SkyWheel to be lit blue in honor of fallen Horry County police officer

SkyWheel to be lit blue in honor of fallen Horry County police officer
The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel is set to stay closed until Feb. 4 for winter maintenance. (Source: WMBF News)
LCpl. Melton "Fox" Gore was killed in the line of duty Tuesday night along Highway 22.
LCpl. Melton "Fox" Gore was killed in the line of duty Tuesday night along Highway 22. (Source: Horry County Government)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel will be lit in blue Wednesday night in honor of an Horry County officer who was killed in the line of duty.

Horry County Police LCpl. Melton Gore was killed Tuesday night when he was hit by a car while removing debris from the roadway near the intersection of Highway 22 and Highway 31, according to authorities.

“Our crews prayers are with Gore’s family, loved ones, and HCPD, where he was an officer for over 20 years,” a post on the SkyWheel’s Facebook page stated.

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The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Gore was the third area officer killed in the line of duty since the start of 2021.

On New Year’s Day, North Myrtle Beach Sgt. Gordon Best was killed in a car crash while responding to a call for service early in the morning.

Last week, Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Jonathan Price and another driver were killed after their vehicles collided.

“It’s been a tragic 2 weeks for law enforcement in our area, losing 3 beloved officers serving our community,” the SkyWheel’s Facebook post stated. “We also continue our prayers for the families of Sgt Best and Deputy Price as well as all of their brothers and sisters in blue.

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