Chester County, SC (WLTX) -- An SC Highway Patrol Officer was killed Sunday night in an apparent accident while making household repairs.
Lt. Corporal Frank Murphy joined the Highway Patrol in 1977 and served until his retirement in 2001. Murphy then re-joined the Patrol in 2005, and was a well-known active Chester community member.
Lt. Corp. Murphy was 58, and apparently killed while making household repairs Sunday night. The incident is under investigation by the Chester County Coroner and Sheriff's offices.
South Carolina Department of Safety Director Leroy Smith said: "This is a very sad day for the DPS family. Frank Murphy had dedicated his life to the SC Highway Patrol and truly loved his job..."
Colonel Mike Oliver, SCHP Commander says "Our troopers are very saddened by the loss of one of their own. The Highway Patrol is a family, and when we lose someone within our ranks, it takes a tremendous toll on us all. We will do all that we can to support Frank's family during this difficult time."