A longtime sheriff’s detective in South Carolina died right after he danced with his daughter during her wedding, his wife said.
Jeni Buchanan, the wife of Tim Buchanan, 54, a veteran detective with the York County Sheriff’s Department in Rock Hill, said he suffered a heart attack just minutes after the dance.
“He was the most beautiful soul I have ever known and I will never be the same without him,” Jeni, who is a wedding photographer, wrote on Facebook. “Over the years we raised four amazing children, cared for my little brothers when they needed us the most and had even had the honor of a beautiful grandchild,” she wrote, “I know he loved me and our family.”
She wrote: “You never know when the last time will be the last time!”
She also posted a photo of the couple taken during the wedding. “I am so very grateful for this image of us that our dear friends snuck during our daughter’s wedding yesterday. Little did I know just a few hours later we would lose him,” she said.
The York County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed his death.
“All of our hearts are saddened about the loss of this great Law Enforcement officer. Tim dedicated almost 19 years to this profession as an outstanding Deputy, Forensics Investigator and most recently Detective in Computer Crimes. His talents will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time,” Sheriff Bruce Bryant wrote in a statement.
A friend of the family created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the family.