LODD: SC fire chief dies from heart attack

Campobello Fire Chief William Edward "Eddie" McNeill Jr., 69, died shortly after responding to a report of a fire

Duty Death: William Edward "Eddie" McNeill Jr. - [Campobello, South Carolina]

End of Service: 03/04/2021

By Laura French

CAMPOBELLO, S.C. — A South Carolina fire chief died in the line of duty due to a heart attack this month, the U.S. Fire Administration announced Tuesday

Campobello Fire Chief William Edward "Eddie" McNeill Jr., 69, died on March 4, shortly after responding to a fire call that was cancelled en route, according to the USFA. McNeill suffered a heart attack while having dinner with his wife at a restaurant the same night as the call. 

Campobello Fire Chief William Edward
Campobello Fire Chief William Edward "Eddie" McNeill Jr., 69, died in the line of duty on March 4 due to a heart attack. (Photo/South Carolina State Firefighters' Association)

The Town of Campobello wrote on Facebook that McNeill was "one of the greatest fire chiefs that ever was and ever will be." According to his obituary, McNeill was a 44-year veteran of the Campobello Fire Department and served for 25 years as fire chief. He was also a veteran of the Army National Guard. 

McNeill is survived by his wife Shirley, three children and seven grandchildren. 

Fire departments from neighbouring towns and from across the state showed their support for the community following McNeill's death. 

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster ordered that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until sunset on March 13, when McNeill's funeral service was held. 



We as a town are humbled by the overwhelming support we have received from our community and neighboring towns. These...

Posted by Town of Campobello, SC on Monday, March 8, 2021

Sometimes there are simply are no words to express the way we feel in a moment of loss. Our prayers and sympathies go...

Posted by Boiling Springs Fire Department Of Spartanburg on Thursday, March 4, 2021

Spartanburg County Emergency Services has suffered yet another unfortunate loss. Please keep the Campobello Fire...

Posted by Hilltop Fire District on Thursday, March 4, 2021

Please continue to keep the McNeil family, all of their loved ones and friends, along with the entire First Response...

Posted by Spartanburg County Emergency Management on Thursday, March 11, 2021


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