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Horry County police remember fallen officer one year after his death

Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 7:34 AM EST
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – The Horry County Police Department is remembering a fallen officer on the one-year anniversary of his death.

LCpl. Melton “Foxx” Gore was hit and killed by a car on Jan. 12, 2021, while picking up debris along Highway 22.

“Though time may have passed, grief remains,” HCPD said in a social media post.

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Foxx, who grew up in Little River, served as an environmental officer with HCPD for more than 20 years.

A public memorial will not be held this year due to COVID-19, but the HCPD family will meet privately Wednesday to remember and honor him.

The remembrance event took place at Mt. Calvary #2 Missionary Baptist Church in Little River.

The ceremony was led by the police Chaplin Pastor Shawn Perkins.

On the left is Horry County Police Chief Joe Hill. Beside him, police Chaplin pastor Shawn...
On the left is Horry County Police Chief Joe Hill. Beside him, police Chaplin pastor Shawn Perkins. Both spoke about Foxx's legacy during the remembrance event.(Jennifer Roberts)

During the service, The Horry County Police Department held a wreath ceremony to honor Foxx.

Police Chief Joe Hill says Foxx’s death is something the department will never forget and they’ll do all they can to support his family through this time.

“We grieve with you, he will always be remembered and he will never be forgotten,” Hill said.

The Mt. Calvary #2 is of huge significance for the Gore family. It’s where their family attended church.

Foxx Gore is one of 14 siblings. Three have passed on.

Foxx is buried beside one of his brothers, at the church. His parents are also buried there.

Foxx’s 13-year-old son Lunden attended the memorial ceremony. He remembers his dad for the man he was.

“He was a very kind, loving person. If you really needed someone to talk to, you could call and he would be right there,” Lunden Gore said.

Milton Gore is the twin brother of Melton.

He says life without his brother has been tough but he wants people to remember him for the amazing man he always was.

“I miss him every single day,” Milton Gore said. “Foxx was such a vital part of this community. Even after a year, I have people walking up to me giving me stories. This year has been a tough year. You lose someone as close and as important as Foxx in your family, you go through those grieving stages. I’m at place now that I can think about Foxx and smile again and be happy I’ve had him in my life and carry him with me every day. Every morning I get up I have a band I put on with his name on it with his rank as a police officer on it and the date he passed which is one year ago from today. He’s constantly with me everywhere he goes. I’m sure that’s the same with all my brothers and sisters.”

Milton says the Horry County Police Department has been extremely supportive throughout this time. He says this shows the strong brotherhood his brother was a part of.

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