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Honoring Aiken's Finest


The thundering sound of a bass drum could be heard Monday afternoon on Laurens Street as a funeral procession of around 400 followed an antique fire engine holding the casket of former Aiken Public Safety Chief J. Carrol Busbee, Sr.

Law enforcement from across the state gathered Monday at First Baptist Church for Busbee's funeral.

Busbee died in his home on Jan. 3 at the age of 86, surrounded by his family and friends.

Current Aiken Public Safety Chief Charles Barranco walked into the church Monday standing with his wife and Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt. All officers with the Aiken Department of Public Safety followed behind.

"This was truly an honorable send-off for a remarkably honorable man," Barranco said.

Busbee's eulogy was given by Rev. Dr. Fred W. Andrea III.

"Chief Busbee was called to his life's work, yet humble in his accomplishments," Andrea said. "He always mentored others and put them first."

Following the funeral, police officers lined up outside the church saluting as Busbee's casket was loaded onto a 1943 fire engine, which was refurbished in the 1980s and is now used in parades and celebratory events. 



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