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Fallen Anderson Co. deputy laid to rest after services, ceremonies

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Caisson carries Hodges' casket and leads the procession to the Civic Center (FOX Carolina/ June 6, 2017) Caisson carries Hodges' casket and leads the procession to the Civic Center (FOX Carolina/ June 6, 2017)
Deputy Devin Hodges (Source: ACSO) Deputy Devin Hodges (Source: ACSO)
Memorial at Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office for fallen Deputy Devin Hodges (FOX Carolina/ 6/2/17) Memorial at Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office for fallen Deputy Devin Hodges (FOX Carolina/ 6/2/17)
Memorial at Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office for fallen Deputy Devin Hodges (FOX Carolina/ 6/2/17) Memorial at Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office for fallen Deputy Devin Hodges (FOX Carolina/ 6/2/17)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Law enforcement officers, family and friends from across the state gathered Tuesday to say goodbye to Anderson County Deputy Devin Hodges.

The 30-year-old father of four drowned after a tragic accident during a marine training exercise on June 1. Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride said Hodges was a favorite among the officers on his shift and he "died doing what he loved."

Hodges began his law enforcement career working as a dispatcher after graduating from Westside High School in 2006, according to his obituary. Hodges then earned his badge and worked for Laurens County, Abbeville County and the Lander Police Department before returning home to Anderson County in 2017, where he was serving on the Marine Patrol Unit at the time of his death.

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A visitation ceremony was held Monday at the Anderson Civic Center on Martin Luther King Boulevard from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

The U.S. Honor Flag also arrived Monday night. The flag has been the over 1,000 funerals of first responders and it also flew during 9/11 recovery efforts. The flag remained on the right side of the casket during Deputy Hodges' funeral.

Law enforcement officers from the Upstate and across South Carolina filled the Anderson Civic Center for the funeral service Tuesday. The McDougald Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Gov. Henry McMaster ordered that flags throughout the state be flown at half-staff on Tuesday in honor of Hodges.

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Fellow lawmen Capt. Greg Allen, Lander University Chief Eddie Briggs, Sgt. Jon Wilkinson and Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride were among those who spoke at the service for Hodges, sharing memories of their time on the force with their fallen brother.

Meghan Jacobs, the widow of slain Greenville police Officer Allen Jacobs, also attended the funeral.

"Each one at the Sheriff's Office will grieve differently but no one is alone in this," McBride said. "We must honor Devin by helping to take care of his family. And we will take care of his family."

Wilkinson addressed Hodges' family during his speech and told them, "We want you to know, not only was he your hero but he was our hero too."

Deputies conducted a tabletop ceremony during the service to say goodbye to Hodges.

Greenville, Pickens, and Oconee County sheriff's offices responded to calls for the Anderson County Sheriff's Office so Hodges' colleagues could attend the funeral.

Hodges was laid to rest at Oakbrook Memorial Park in Greenwood following a 29-mile procession from the funeral service. A last call was issued to end Hodges' watch. The public was invited to attend.

The Sheriff's Office said the community can also pay respects by visiting his patrol vehicle, which is placed on the front lawn of the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.

Donations for Hodges' family can be made to the 'Deputy Devin Hodges Memorial Fund" at any Park Sterling Bank location. Click here for a list of local branches.

Under the Carolina Moon is also selling t-shirts in the deputy's memory for $16. All proceeds from the shirts benefit the Hodges family. Click here to pre-order.

Anderson County Emergency Services also put together a video with Deputy Hodges' wife and children to pay tribute to the fallen deputy.

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