SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCBD) – The Summerville Police Department is mourning the loss of a former long-time officer.

The department on Monday announced the death of Eddie Fleming after what they called a “heroic battle” with cancer.

Those who worked with Fleming at the Summerville Police Department recalled the former officer as a man of faith and someone who would do anything to help those in need.

“His vibrant smile would light up a room, and he knew no strangers,” the department wrote.

Fleming served in the Uniform Patrol Division, Criminal Investigative Division, Traffic Safety Unit, and School Resource Officer Unit.

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He eventually left Summerville PD to serve as youth pastor at a local church. The department said he was a talented vocalist and guitarist who “will be dearly missed.”

Fleming died Saturday morning surrounded by family. He left behind a wife and three young children.