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Bringing Phil home


     On the day his firefighting brothers and sisters held a fund raising dinner veteran Tabor City Fire Department member and community leader Phil Cox’s battle with cancer ended at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

     First responders from multiple agencies escorted Cox from the Myrtle Beach hospital to Inman-Ward Funeral Home late Saturday, three families beginning their mourning for Cox who was known for having the heart of a servant that extended from his blood relatives, his firefighting and EMS brethren, and the owners and staff at the funeral home he had also served for many years.

     Assisting the TCFD in the escort were Loris Fire Department, Fair Bluff Fire Rescue, Roseland Fire, Nakina Fire Rescue, Horry County Police Department, Horry County Fire Rescue, Tabor City Police Department, and Tabor City Emergency Services, one of its ambulances used to bring the body back to Tabor City.

     Several dozen firefighters and others were at the funeral home, a salute offered before the flag-draped stretcher was moved from the ambulance to the funeral home, where staff was waiting to render service to one of their own.

     North Carolina Department of Public Safety and Williams Township Fire Department members were also present at the funeral home.

     Funeral arrangements are posted here.

     Look for more on this story in this week’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.

Firefighter procession passes through downtown Tabor City late Saturday. (Deuce Niven, TLT)