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Travelers Rest company collecting Christmas gifts for fallen trooper's family

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Keith Rebman working for McKenzie Tree Service (Source: McKenzie Tree Service) Keith Rebman working for McKenzie Tree Service (Source: McKenzie Tree Service)
Keith Rebman and his daughters (Source: Family) Keith Rebman and his daughters (Source: Family)
McKenzie Tree Company is collecting Christmas presents for the daughters of fallen Trooper Keith Rebman (FOX Carolina: 11/8/2017). McKenzie Tree Company is collecting Christmas presents for the daughters of fallen Trooper Keith Rebman (FOX Carolina: 11/8/2017).
Trooper Daniel Keith Rebman. (Source: SCDPS) Trooper Daniel Keith Rebman. (Source: SCDPS)
McKenzie Tree Company is collecting Christmas presents for the daughters of fallen Trooper Keith Rebman (FOX Carolina: 11/8/2017). McKenzie Tree Company is collecting Christmas presents for the daughters of fallen Trooper Keith Rebman (FOX Carolina: 11/8/2017).
TRAVELERS REST, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate tree removal and pruning company said it will collect Christmas presents for the family of a state trooper who died in the line of duty.

Trooper Daniel Keith Rebman was killed on October 24. Investigators said a driver fell asleep at the wheel on I-385 and crashed into Rebman’s patrol car, which was parked in the emergency lane, around 12:30 a.m.

MORE: Sheriff's Office: Upstate man ticketed in connection with collision that killed SC trooper; driver fell asleep

Rebman leaves behind a wife and three young daughters.

Noah McKenzie, the owner of the McKenzie Tree Company, said his two week old son Calum was born just hours after Rebman died and he's one reason why McKenzie decided to start this fundraiser.

"It was a bittersweet day. It was my first taste of 'I have a son that I don't want to leave and I want him to have a great life,'" said McKenzie. 

McKenzie said he wants the same for Rebman's daughters, to always feel the love that their father had for them, especially on this first Christmas without him.

He's asking the community to help make that happen by donating new toys for the little girls.

"It's just a visual for the girls to see that people, they don't even know, know of them, and they're going to be here for the rest of their life to take care of them," said McKenzie.

McKenzie said he formed a friendship with Rebman when he began working to remove tree stumps with his company earlier this year. He said the two spent a lot of time talking and he learned a lot about the family man behind the uniform.

"I know he loved his girls and he loved his wife and he was a leader in that way because you know a lot of people don't show that kind of love anymore. And he just knew how to naturally," said McKenzie.

He said the support so far has been amazing with some gifts and donations coming in from as far as Wisconsin.

"I had a letter from a guy from college who said this is all our Christmas money for presents, for our family but we wanted to give it to them," said McKenzie.

McKenzie said although he knows this won't replace their father, this is just a small way the community can wrap their arms around a family who's father and husband gave so much.

"We can do the best to sacrifice as much as we can because he made the ultimate sacrifice," said McKenzie.

McKenzie Tree Company will collect Christmas presents for the Rebman family on Saturday and Sunday at their office, located at 128 South Main Street in Travelers Rest from 6am to 10pm. 

No used items will be accepted.

MORE: Neighbors, friends remember fallen Upstate trooper who died in line of duty

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