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Autopsy reveals tragic details in training accident killing Anderson Co. deputy

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Deputy Devin Hodges (Source: ACSO) Deputy Devin Hodges (Source: ACSO)
DNR investigators at the Singing Pines boat ramp (FOX Carolina/ June 1, 2017) DNR investigators at the Singing Pines boat ramp (FOX Carolina/ June 1, 2017)
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The Anderson County coroner said an Anderson County sheriff's deputy died after an incident on Lake Hartwell Thursday morning.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said a boating accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. at the Singing Pines Campground in Starr. The campground is located off Highway 29 along Lake Hartwell.

A deputy, identified as 30-year-old Devin Hodges, was taken by ambulance to AnMed hospital. Shore said Hodges died just after 10:30 a.m. while at the hospital.

The SC Department of Natural Resources is investigating the incident.

PHOTOS: Deadly boating accident under investigation

DNR First Sgt. Rhett Barwick said the accident occurred during a joint training session between the Anderson County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Corps of Engineers.

Barwick said three occupants, two deputies and a corps operator, were on each of the 19-foot Pioneer boats. When the incident occurred, the trio was thrown off the Anderson County Sheriff's Office boat.

Hodges was gravely wounded in the incident, Barwick said. No one else was injured but two were transported to the hospital due to shock, according to Barwick.

“It could be any law enforcement officer," Barwick said. "It just takes a second in a boat.”

After an autopsy, Coroner Greg Shore said Hodges' death was ruled an accidental drowning. Shore said the boat flipped over and Hodges' life vest became tangled in the boat propeller, causing him to be trapped under the boat. He suffered bruises and contusions during the crash.

All of those involved in the training were wearing life jackets

.A spokesperson for the sheriff's office issued the following statement on the incident:

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and family member in an incident that occurred early this morning.  Our thoughts and prayers are with our deputy and his family during this difficult time.  We ask that you please allow us this time to grieve and to keep us in your prayers.

Services and arrangements for Hodges were announced Friday. He will be laid to rest on Tuesday after a public service at Anderson Civic Center.

READ MORE: Services announced for fallen Anderson Co. deputy

During a press conference, Sheriff Chad McBride said Hodges joined the department in January. He previously worked for Calhoun Falls Police Department and Laurens County as a uniform patrol officer. Hodges' family said he also worked for Lander University.

When he joined the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, Hodges became part of the marine patrol.

Hodges is survived by a wife and children. McBride described him as a "godly man" and said he was a favorite among his coworkers on the shift he worked.

“He’s one of those people that’s a magnet for other people," McBride said. "Big personality, big heart. So a big loss for us.”

Hodges' mother spoke to FOX Carolina outside AnMed hospital and she had just sent him a text letting him know how proud he made her.

"He was totally a family person, very dedicated to his job," she said. "He was a good police officer. He was all about his family and his career."

A GoFundMe, created by Hodge's sister-in-law Trisha Parker, has been established to raise money for his family. Click here to contribute.

Parker said the couple has four children and Hodges' wife is unable to work because she stays at home with their oldest daughter who has special needs.

The Anderson Police Department posted the following statement on Facebook:

The Iva Police Department shared the following message on Facebook:

The headquarters for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms posted a message of solidarity on Twitter:

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