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Hundreds show up for funeral of rescue squad founder

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – A founding father of the Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad was laid to rest Monday. Assistant Chief Robert Dunlap passed away last week.

Dunlap was carried to Carolina Memorial Gardens in the vehicle he always drove, Rescue 4, the vehicle that carried victims who had died.

“He told people that he took care of the remains and what he didn’t take care of, God will,” said Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon. 

Cannon says he worked with Dunlap often through the many years the two worked in Charleston County. He says Dunlap was known for his humility, one reason many people did not know he was a founding member of the rescue squad. 

“This man's life was about doing very small things in many people's eyes, it would be small. His dedication, his commitment to service, had an effect on everybody that had an occasion to deal with him, and was an inspiration to all of the many efforts of various segments,” Cannon said.

Dunlap continued his career in service after he finished serving his country in the Korean War. He was working at the Charleston Shipyard in 1962 when he and six others decided there was a need for volunteers who could search for lost boaters and extricate victims trapped in cars. 

“They started with a truck and a boat, and we've got numerous trucks, numerous vessels and we've expanded so much. What he laid the foundation for we're going to carry on for many years to come,” said Assistant Chief Trae Wright.  

Wright says it meant something to Dunlap to participate with the squad and serve the community until the end. 

“They say there is no heart stronger than that of a volunteer. Bob Dunlap exemplified that. They broke the mold when they made Mr. Bob; he was one of the strongest members that we had,” Wright said. 

Dunlap was also awarded the state’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Palmetto, in the 1980s for his cofounding of the Charleston County Volunteer rescue squad. 

Dunlap was 83 years old. The rescue squad is currently working on several ideas to honor Dunlap’s legacy.

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