CAMPOBELLO, SC (FOX Carolina)- The Town of Campobello announced the passing of Fire Chief Eddie McNeill on Thursday on the town's official Facebook page.
In the post, the Town of Campobello says that the McNiell's passing is a tremendous loss.
"Ed was such a huge part of Campobello and loved by so many. Heaven gained a wonderful soul and, at the same time, left us with a hole in our hearts."
On Friday, the mayor and town hall released additional statements on the chief's passing.
Mayor Philip Wilds said,
“This community is grieving the loss of our fire chief and friend Eddie McNeill. He was a beloved presence in this community and knew no strangers. When you met Eddie, you were always greeted with a smile and maybe a joke or two. He was a cherished, influential leader. His passing impacts this community and is felt with great sadness. Our prayers are with his family.”
The statement from Campobello Town Hall read,
“It is with heavy hearts that the Town of Campobello and surrounding communities know of the passing of Fire Chief Eddie McNeill. He passed away the evening of March 4, 2021 due to medical complications at the age of 69. He served on the Town of Campobello’s Fire Department from 1976-2021 culminating a distinguished career in serving his community of 45 years. Chief McNeill was a lynch pin in the community and to other local fire departments. He served his community relentlessly, always putting others first, helping others any way he could, and making sure everyone was welcomed to the Town of Campobello. Chief McNeill will be missed and will always be remembered as having a huge heart for his community, a jovial personality, and a big smile every time he saw you. Please keep the McNeill family and the Town of Campobello in your thoughts and prayers.”
On Mar. 12, Governor Henry McMaster ordered for all state buildings' flags to be lowered at half staff on March 13 in tribute to Chief McNiell.