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LF-R, others remember Chief Steve McIntyre

Served as Lugoff fire chief for 29 years

Posted: August 15, 2014 2:22 p.m.
Updated: August 18, 2014 6:00 a.m.
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The late Steve McIntyre, who served as Lugoff fire chief from 1978 to 2007, communicates with crewmembers alongside I-20 in 2006 during a hazardous materials incident.

Kershaw County residents, especially those in the fire service, are mourning the loss of retired Lugoff Fire-Rescue (LF-R) Chief Steve McIntyre, 60, who passed away Sunday, Aug. 10. Current LF-R Chief Dennis Ray said McIntyre had encountered continuing medical issues over the past few years.

McIntyre’s funeral took place Aug. 14, and Ray and other LF-R personnel were heavily involved. Six firefighters who served under McIntyre served as pallbearers and LF-R provided a fire truck dressed with funeral skirting and with all the red lights blacked out parked at Powers Funeral Home during the visitation.

“Chief McIntyre was a true leader in the fire service and established a very solid foundation that I now build upon here at Lugoff Fire-Rescue. His heart has always been in the fire service, even well after his retirement,” Ray said. “It is an honor for me to have known him, to have sung with him during some Southern Gospel concerts in the past, and to now sit in the chair he sat in for so many years. Chief McIntyre will truly be missed by all of us here at Lugoff Fire-Rescue."

Ray said McIntyre served as a volunteer firefighter, officer, then chief of the department for 29 years, from 1978 through 2007.

LF-R Assistant Chief Jack Truesdale lauded McIntyre for all he accomplished with the department, including getting a better rating from the Insurance Services Office (ISO), which means homeowners in the Lugoff Fire District saw a reduction in insurance rates.

“I worked with him for many years. He was chief when we lowered our ISO from 7 to 5,” Truesdale said. “He was instrumental in getting the new station built. He was good friend.”

Camden Fire Chief John Bowers said having McIntyre in the neighboring community was an asset to both departments.

“He was a wonderful neighbor, having served in the same time period. He was a faithful public servant. He was always helpful,” Bowers said. “He was humble and quiet, but he was steadfast and reliable. We had a great relationship during his tenure.”

Kershaw County Fire Marshal Gene Faulkenberry said McIntyre was devoted to his family and recruited many firefighters into the profession.

“I’ve known him since the ’80s. He was a hard-working man and believed in his community. He loved children and was very active with his own children in school and other activities,” Faulkenberry said. “He brought a lot of firefighters into the fire service and really showed his love and compassion for it.”


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