Florence police lieutenant found dead Monday

Published: May. 12, 2015 at 2:49 PM EDT|Updated: May. 12, 2015 at 5:12 PM EDT
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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A lieutenant with the Florence Police Department was found dead Monday evening, officials say.

According to Florence County Coroner, Keith von Lutcken, Lt. Samuel Toney was found dead at his home around 7 p.m. Von Lutcken reported that Lt. Toney died of natural causes.

Major Carlos Raines said Toney has been with the FPD for over 30 years. He worked in investigations, and according to the police department's website, Toney was a commander of the patrol division.

Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler released the following statement:

Lieutenant Sam Toney was a 39 year veteran of the Florence Police Department who was serving as a Squad Commander in the Uniformed Patrol Division at the time of his death. During his tenure Lt. Toney also served in the crime prevention unit and in the criminal investigations division as an investigator.

Lieutenant Toney was well respected in and outside of the City of Florence. He was a Community Police Officer long before anyone ever thought about that as being the most effective law enforcement practice.

Sam had a passion for seeing the youth of our community exceed in life too. During his employment he worked with many police department programs involving youth activities and camps. He always developed a special rapport with the children that he came into contact with.

He had a quick wit and an ever-present smile on his face. He also had an innate ability to defuse tense situations with a very composed demeanor and calm voice – he was just easy to talk to.

Sam and I were coworkers and friends and his untimely passing leaves a tremendous void within our agency and within the City of Florence as a whole.

We ask everyone to please remember Lieutenant Toney's family in prayer as they work through this most difficult period of time.

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