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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -A Richland County deputy who'd been battling lung cancer has passed away.

Mark Ryan died Sunday, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott confirmed Monday.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says he is extremely proud ofRyan for battling so hard for so long.

The sheriff says Ryan worked for the department until the very end of his life. In fact, Lott says Ryan had recently been recognized for running into a burning apartment complex to save people inside.

Deputy Ryan was a single father who raised threedaughters. Back on November 12th, he watched as one of them got married.

Ryan's funeral will take place this Thursday at Greenlawn Funeral Home. Lott saysmemorials can be sent to the Richland County Sheriff's Foundation 5623 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223. Money raisedwill go to support Mark's daughters furthering their education.