Upstate Sheriff's Office issues statement following deputy's death

Aldridge death
25 year old, Deputy Austin Derek Aldridge Photo credit Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office

An Upstate Sheriff's Office is mourning the loss of one their own, in the line of duty. Spartanburg County Deputy Austin Derek Aldridge died just before 9:30 Tuesday night hours after being shot hours earlier by suspect, Duane Herd.

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On Wednesday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office released a statement saying " True to his servant's heart, Austin was both an organ and tissue donor. He's being transported to Columbia and about 70 people will benefit from his generous donation. His patrol unit will be at the Sheriff's Office for people to come and continue paying their respects. The words thank you are not enough for the outpouring of love, prayer and donations this agency has received since the incident".