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Battalion Chief DeLoach, a Beaufort native, was born August 07, 1965. He is the 5th child of his father, retired Marine Corps Sargent Major William B. DeLoach, and mother, Nelle C. DeLoach. He graduated from Battery Creek high school in 1983.
In 1981, he began to be mentored by his name sake, retired Marine Corps Master Sargent Lawrence H. Nelson, on the repair and maintenance of outboard motors. He continued to do this until October of 1989, when Mr. Nelson passed away. He continues to operate the repair business Mr. Nelson started since then to the present.
Family & Hobbies
Battalion Chief DeLoach married his wife, Susan Bessinger DeLoach, on March 28, 1992, the owner of Susan DeLoach Photography and has two children, Hudson, who is 19 and currently in his first year at the Citadel, and Tucker, who is 17 and will be graduating from high school early in January and start at The Technical college of the Low Country.
Battalion Chief DeLoach started his career with the Beaufort Fire Department on August 28, 1995. He immediately took an interest in assisting with the maintenance of fire apparatus and power tools. After five years with the department, he assumed to the role of Fire Department Maintenance Officer and its responsibilities, often acting as the mechanic and the manager. While currently not holding the rank of Maintenance Officer he still assists with maintenance and repairs when needed.
After climbing through the ranks from Firefighter Recruit to Firefighter III, he had the opportunity to test for Lieutenant, Shift officer and earned that rank in September of 2001. His awards include Dedication and Valor in the Line of Duty and a Commendation Letter for Dedication and Valor. Battalion Chief DeLoach completed Fire Officer I through the South Carolina Fire Academy, Fire Officer II and Fire Officer III through Alabama Fire Collage, and Fire Instructor I through Maryland Fire Safety Institute. He is a National Fire Academy Alumni, having completed Effective Leadership Skills for Fire and emergency medical services (EMS) Organizations, Communications for Emergency Services Success, and a regional delivery National Fire Academy course on Command and Control of Target Hazards.
Battalion Chief DeLoach performed his duties as a Shift Supervising Lieutenant for 10 years, beginning in 2001, before being promoted to Battalion Captain and then Battalion Chief.