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Local rescuers honored for efforts during Florence

PICKENS — Pickens County’s swift water rescue personnel were recognized last week for their work before, during and after Hurricane Florence last month.

“Pickens County had 21 of our employees deploy for this mission,” county administrator Gerald Wilson said during county council’s October meeting.

County emergency management director Denise Kwiatek said the swift water rescue team deployed before Florence made landfall on the coast, “which allowed them to be ready once the storm hit.”

“It was very important that they were able to go when they did,” she said.

Originally dispatched to Sumter, the team was then assigned to Mullins.

Mullins Mayor William “Bo” McMillan traveled to Pickens to personally

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