Crime & Public Safety

Jasper County firefighter dies after medical emergency while on duty, officials say

Coleman Loadholt Jr.
Coleman Loadholt Jr. Facebook

An award-winning firefighter with the Jasper County Fire-Rescue died Friday at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston after a brief illness.

Coleman Blease “Coley” Loadholt Jr., 51, of Hampton County, suffered a medical emergency while on duty at the fire station on June 17, a news release from the department said.

Loadholt worked in fire service for almost 14 years at the Jasper County Fire-Rescue, where he served as a full-time firefighter/EMT and senior officer, and at the Brunson Fire Department in Hampton County, where he was a captain.

He had received the Life Saver Award in Jasper County and been named the Firefighter of the Year and Officer of the Year in Brunson.

“He was a member of the South Carolina Firefighters Association, enjoyed riding motorcycles and was an excellent mechanic,” the release said.

Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home in Hampton. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Nicholas Lutheran Church In Allendale County.

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Lana Ferguson has covered news of all sorts for The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette since June 2018. Before coming to the Lowcountry, she worked for publications in her home state of Virginia and graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she was editor of the college’s daily newspaper.
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