Dorchester County Sheriff's Department
Age: 38 years
Service: 6 years
Cause: Automobile accident
Deputy Phillip Michael Deese was killed in a head-on traffic collision.
He was driving westbound on I-26 in an unincorporated part of Dorchester County when a pick-up truck crossed the median, hitting the deputy’s patrol car head on. The crash killed the deputy, the driver of the pick-up, and Deputy Deese’s K9 partner, Sonja.
Deputy Deese had served the Dorchester County Sheriff’s office for almost seven years. He is survived by his wife, child, and two step-children.