A State In Mourning
State -- HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPER DIES FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN LINE-OF-DUTY COLLISION
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Department of Public Safety announces with deep regret that the department has lost one of its own in a line-of-duty collision.
Trooper Daniel Keith Rebman, 31, has died from injuries sustained in an early morning crash in Greenville County.
Rebman was stationary in his Patrol car on I-385 near Bridges Road when his vehicle was struck from behind by a truck around 12:23 a.m. today (Oct. 24). He was transported and treated at Greenville Memorial Hospital; but this afternoon, he succumbed to multiple injuries sustained in the collision.
“It is impossible to put into words how deeply saddened we are by the loss of one of our own in the line-of-duty today,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. “This is a devastating loss for Trooper Rebman’s family, our agency, the law enforcement community and the State of South Carolina. This young trooper died a hero working to protect and serve his community and state.”
“Trooper Rebman had only been on the road as a trooper for about a year, but he had developed close bonds with troopers through his work as a dispatcher and time on the road,” said SCHP Commander Col. Chris Williamson. “He was well-loved and this loss is felt acutely throughout our ranks. We ask for continued prayer for his family and for the troopers of Troop 3 who worked alongside him.”
Rebman had worked as a dispatcher in Greenville County from 2012-2016. He graduated Patrol School on September 15, 2016, with Basic 99. Rebman was given the Captain Cecil Dilworth Marksmanship Award during graduation for best marksmanship during firearms training. http://www.scdps.gov/schp/class98-99pictures.asp. He was assigned to Troop 6/Charleston/Berkeley before transferring to Greenville.
Rebman is survived by his wife, Michelle, three young daughters and his parents, Daniel and Theresa Rebman of Georgia, as well as a sister and extended family. He is a native of Orlando, Fla.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program (SCLEAP) has established an account in honor of Trooper Rebman. You may make a gift to support his wife and three small children at any First Citizens Branch in South Carolina, North Carolina or Georgia. Make checks payable to: LECSC – Trooper Keith Rebman Memorial Fund; make an online gift through a GoFundMe account: https://www.gofundme.com/trooper-daniel-rebman.
The Rebman family has requested privacy at this time and will not be conducting media interviews. The Rebman family has asked that all media inquiries be routed through the SCDPS Communications Office. Further information on memorial service activities will be posted to the DPS web site at www.scdps.gov and shared on SCDPS social media.
The most recent line-of-duty death before Trooper Rebman was in 2010 when Cpl. D. Kevin Cusack was killed in a motor vehicle collision in Lancaster County. For more information on SCHP line-of-duty deaths, please see: http://www.scdps.gov/schp/in_memory.asp.