Berkeley County Councilman Ken Gunn dies after cancer battle

Ken Gunn (Berkeley County)

Ken Gunn, a Berkeley County elected official and U.S. Army veteran, died Thursday, Feb. 7.

Berkeley County Public Information Officer Hannah Moldenhauer announced the county councilman's death Thursday.

Gunn's death followed a battle with lung cancer, Moldenhauer says.

Gunn began serving on Berkeley County Council in January 2013. He would go onto chair council's public safety committee.

"Mr. Gunn was very passionate about helping his community and he was even more passionate about all elements of public safety," said Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis, who worked with gun both as a member of County Council and the Sheriff’s Citizen Advisory Board.

"On behalf of everyone at the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, our condolences are with the family and friends of Ken Gunn. May his servant work live on always,” Lewis added.

Before retiring in 2010, Gunn served in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Army, and later served the public as a paramedic and volunteer firefighter, Moldenhauer says.

"Ken Gunn was an incredible public servant, with deep admiration for military veterans and first responders," Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb said. "He used his platform as a Berkeley County Councilman to strengthen and demonstrate the County’s appreciation for all men and women in uniform."

"On behalf of County Council, our condolences are with his family and friends who are experiencing a tremendous loss right now," Cribb added.

Mr. Gunn leaves behind his wife, Pat, of 46 years, their two children and six grandchildren.

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