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Irmo Police Chaplain dies from COVID

Bright was appointed IPD’s Police Chaplain in August of 2020.
Bright was appointed IPD’s Police Chaplain in August of 2020.(Irmo Police Department)
Published: Sep. 12, 2021 at 1:38 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 14, 2021 at 4:23 PM CDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Irmo Police Chaplain Billie Bright died overnight Sunday after a long-fought battle with COVID.

Bright was appointed IPD’s Police Chaplain in August of 2020.

“There was no such thing as a stranger to Billie,” Chief Bobby Dale said. “And in this line of work, we were fortunate to have such a person like Billie for our police officers and the community to rely upon during a world pandemic.”

“Billie’s smile and laughter were contagious and was always uplifting and left you feeling better when he was around,” Town Administrator Courtney Dennis said. “One of my proudest days was when I asked him to join our team. I knew that he would impact each of us in some way.”

The staff expressed their love for Bright and stated they ‘will truly miss Billie’ as they grieve his loss.

The staff’s thoughts and prayers go out to Billie’s family and are thankful for the continued support and prayers from the community as they mourn Chaplain Bright.

A public viewing for r Chaplain Bright will be held on Thursday, September 16 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Myers Mortuary & Cremation Services.

A funeral service will follow on Friday, September 17 at 1 p.m. at Second Nazareth Baptist Church.

All guests are advised that there will be strict capacity limits inside the church on the day of the funeral.

A live stream of the funeral service will be available.

For more information, click here.

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