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Officer Drew Barr honored at funeral and graveside service

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Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 10:50 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2022 at 11:19 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - WIS was live with team coverage of fallen Cayce police officer Drew Barr’s funeral.

Officer Barr, whose watch ended Sunday, April 24, 2022 when he was shot and killed in the line of duty, had spent time as a firefighter, EMT and police officer. He was laid to rest in his hometown of Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina.

Visitation hours ran between 3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Batesburg-Leesville High School located at 600 Summerland Avenue, Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina 29006.

During the services Cayce Police Chief Chris Cowan shared how Barr’s life has become a legacy, calling him a, “28-year-old superhero.” Pastor Mark Williams shared stories of Barr’s youth and family and how his life had impacted the community. Roughly 1,500 people attended the services Thursday evening with even more in the community outside.

Afterwards, a procession of first responder vehicles followed behind a fire truck from the Monetta Volunteer Fire Department. It carried Barr’s body from the school to the church. People were seen lining the route, paying respects as the procession passed.

Barr’s body was carried from the truck at around 7:35 p.m. He was given a salute by the law enforcement community as his body was carried to his grave.

His graveside service was held after the service at Mt. Ebal Baptist Church located at 5 Lion Loop, Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina 29006.

If you’re looking for ways to donate to Barr’s family, there’s one approved GoFundMe, operated by Jason Flynt.

The family also asks that you make a donation to the Steel Paws Event, which benefits K9 programs in the region. That event is at Steel Hands on Foreman Street in Cayce on Saturday from 1 to 6 P.M.

The program for his celebration of life includes a Presentation of Colors, followed by songs, speakers and a eulogy. It will conclude with the Retiring of Colors before a graveside service.

Speakers included an opening prayer my Youth Minister and Pastor Mark Williams. Speakers include Senator Nikki Setzler and Cayce Police Chief Chris Cowan. The Eulogy was delivered by Evan Antley and Donna Boozer.

Closing remarks were delivered by Williams.

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