Anderson Co. deputy dies during training exercise

ANDERSON Co., S.C. (WSPA) – An Anderson County Sheriff’s deputy was killed in a boating accident during training on Lake Hartwell, Thursday morning.

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is investigating the death of deputy Devin Hodges at Lake Hartwell.

Emergency rescuers responded to the Singing Pines Campground in Starr on Thursday morning.

Deputy Coroner Charlie Boseman said an employee with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office fell out of a boat and struck his head on a propeller.

Deputy Hodges was taken to AnMed Medical Health Center where he died.

He was participating in a joint training exercise between the Army Corps of Engineers and the sheriff’s office, according to DNR.

There were two boats–one for the sheriff’s office and one for the corps.

All three people who were on the sheriff’s office’s boat were thrown, DNR says.

One deputy died and two others were taken to the hospital.

Everyone was wearing life jackets at the time of the accident.

Devin Hodges
Devin Hodges (From: Anderson Co. Sheriff’s Office)
Sheriff Chad McBride said Hodges was a great officer and a “godly man” who is in heaven now.

The Sheriff says Hodges, a member of the uniform patrol division, is married with children and was an all-star on his shift.

Hodges was formerly a member of the Calhoun Falls Police Department and Laurens County Sheriff’s Office.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office sent out the following statement after the accident:

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.”

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