Remembering former Aiken Fire Chief Carrol Busbee

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Monday, January 7, 2019
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A special memorial was held for former Aiken Fire Chief Busbee today. Fire Chief Busbee retired from the force in 1999 and passed away late last week.

All of the pomp and circumstance belonged to the family of Chief Busbee.

The motorcade procession started at First Baptist Church and ended where the bagpipers played and rang a bell in his honor.

Chief Busbee had a send-off fit for a king and in a way, he was one.

"Chief meant a lot to this community and a lot to this department," said Mahoney.

Busbee helped create the Aiken Public Safety building. The department gave a moving speech about the legacy the late fire chief left.

"He was and still is the father of Aiken Public Safety and the path he laid out for us nearly thirty years ago is one we're still following today," said Mahoney

Fire departments from all throughout the county came to be in his vehicle escort, a testament to his far-reaching influence.

"That's what Chief Busbee was known for, building relationships, making friends, and serving others," said Mahoney.

Lieutenant Jake Mahoney says Busbee's ideals didn't just resonate with those who served under him but those still serving on the force today.

"He always had a kind word," said Mahoney.

Mahoney says Busbee was serious when he needed to be but never lost his smile.

"He always closed things out with a handshake or a hug, and would say 'go get 'em sug,'" said Busbee.

Busbee was the first person to start the accreditation process to get ADPS recognized as a public safety outfit.

"We are who we are today because of the man he was," said Mahoney.

After his decades of service, his admirers say, they'll do everything they can to honor him every day.

"That tribute was our call for him, that his job is finished, that his tour of duty is complete and he can go home and rest now," said Mahoney.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Chief, J. Carrol Busbee, Sr. has reportedly passed away.

An outpouring of condolences from community members floods Aiken Public Safety's Facebook page since the announcement of Chief Busbee's death.

Aiken Public Safety recently posted: "It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Chief J. Carrol Busbee, Sr. earlier today. Chief Busbee served as the Aiken Fire Chief from February 1964-July 1970 when he was named the first Director of the Aiken Department of Public Safety. Chief Busbee led the Department until his retirement in February 1999. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Busbee family. Chief we will miss you!!!"

News 12 would like to extend condolences to family and friends of Chief J. Carrol Busbee, Sr. His service and dedication to the community will be remembered.