MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Police Department escorted the body of a fallen officer from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston to Myrtle Beach Monday.
Myrtle Beach police Pfc. Jacob Hancher died Saturday night while responding to a domestic call.
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Hancher’s body was taken to Charleston earlier Monday for an autopsy.
The escort traveled along Highway 17 Bypass before turning down Mr. Joe White Avenue to pass the police station. It then traveled up Oak Street, turned left on 21st Avenue and returned to Highway 17 Bypass en route to McMillan-Small Funeral Home.
The Myrtle Beach community lined the procession route to show their respect to the fallen officer.
Many were brought to tears while watching the procession pass through the intersection of Oak Street and Mr. Joe White Avenue.
It was difficult for those with a close attachment to the police, like Glenn Smith.
“I have a sister that’s in law enforcement in Greenville County, so it kind of hit home a little bit here,” Smith said.
Hancher’s passing also hit close to home for Chris Moskovic. His wife used to work for the Myrtle Beach Police Department.
“People she worked for many years up here. They become family to me,” Moskovic said. “So that’s the big reason why I’m out here today. To show my support for Jacob’s family.”
One Myrtle Beach business owner closed his business a little early to make sure he could honor the fallen officer.
“I did not know him, but he just sounded like a great guy,” said Sunshine Printing Owner Rick Walls. “I wish I’d known him.”
Walls was vacationing in Tennessee when he heard the news about Hancher.
After getting back in town, he made sure to show his support during the procession as Hancher’s body passed by the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center. He felt like that was a priority over his own business.
“We felt like it was kind of our duty to shut down and walk over and support the procession as it came by,” Walls said.
Support for that procession could be seen all the way down in Murrells Inlet.
Horry County Fire Rescue stopped a fire truck along the route and joined the procession as it passed by.
Several people came out to honor Hancher while black and blue wreaths stood in the median in Hancher’s memory.
Hancher was only 23 years old, a number that hit Walls especially hard.
“We have kids,” said Walls. “A daughter younger than him and two boys older than him, and I can’t imagine the pain his family is feeling right now. Especially, here’s a guy who was trying to help and do something good. It’s real sad.”
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