Homeless veteran will have funeral with military honors
By NOAH FEIT | The State (Tribune News Service) | Published: February 6, 2018
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC — He was found dead, lying in a box that the county coroner described as a “storage box.”
Now, he’ll be laid to rest with military honors.
Funeral arrangements have been made for Dennis Reidy, the homeless veteran recently found deceased in Lexington, S.C.
The funeral will take place at noon on Feb. 23, at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher.
No one claimed the body of 69-year-old Reidy, who was found Jan. 23 in a wooded area off Chariot Street in Lexington County. Fisher said that “just broke my heart.”
With the help of Fisher’s involvement, Reidy will be honored.
“Reidy will receive the posthumous respect that he earned through his sacrifice for our nation,” Fisher said in a news release, where she thanked Steve Goulet of American Legion Post 193 for being instrumental in coordinating the funeral arrangements.
“The outpouring of concern and generosity regarding Mr. Reidy has been tremendous,” said Fisher, who encourages the public to attend to pay respect to Reidy as he is laid to rest.
Reidy, died of natural circumstances, was also a former sheriff’s deputy, who once worked with Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott. Reidy was a “good man and a good cop,” said Lott, adding he had “no idea” Reidy needed help.
In addition to the American Legion, Fisher said several veterans groups will be in attendance for Reidy’s funeral.
Raymond Gerard will also be honored and interred at this service, Fisher said. Gerard was also an indigent veteran from Lexington County.
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