Officials from the Irmo Police Department notified the public Sunday afternoon that Chaplain Billie Bright has died after his long-fought battle with COVID came to an end Saturday night.
According to the IPD, he had been serving as the department's chaplain since 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."
Town Administrator Courtney Dennis, who formerly served as the Irmo police chief, said Bright's smile was contagious and he was always uplifting others.
"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," said Dennis.
The department said he will be missed, as they all grieve his loss.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Billie's family. We're thankful for the continued support and prayers we are receiving from the community as we mourn Chaplain Bright," officials said in an announcement.