Stanley Brucker (via Facebook)

Fort Mill, SC – The Fort Mill community is reeling from the loss of Stanley Brucker, a dedicated crossing guard at Fort Mill Elementary School, who tragically lost his life in an accident on Thursday afternoon.

The news was shared through a heartfelt Facebook post by Michael Rey EL Mestizo, Brucker’s nephew, expressing shock and sadness over the untimely death of his uncle.

Brucker, 63, was described as a beloved member of the community, known for his upbeat demeanor and commitment to his duties as a crossing guard. His recent aspirations for missionary work in the Philippines highlighted his compassionate nature and deep religious beliefs, leaving a lasting impact on those who knew him.

The York County Coroner’s Office confirmed the unfortunate incident, stating that Brucker was struck by a vehicle while on duty at the entrance/exit to Fort Mill Elementary School. Autopsy and toxicology results are pending, with investigations ongoing in collaboration with the Fort Mill Police Department.

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The devastating news prompted a response from Fort Mill Middle School Principal, Dr. Emily McQuay, who addressed parents and staff in a letter offering condolences and support. The district has initiated a Crisis Team to provide assistance to students and staff coping with the loss, emphasizing the importance of safety precautions in school zones.

As the community mourns the loss of Stanley Brucker, fondly remembered as a kind-hearted individual and dedicated crossing guard, efforts are underway to ensure that his memory lives on and to promote greater awareness of safety measures in school environments.

Greg "Ricky Bobby" Rickabaugh has lived in the Fort Mill and York County community since 2006. He has covered the area while a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a freelance writer for The Fort Mill...

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  1. Stan was a beloved life long friend of my husband and I for over 30 years. There are not enough words to describe just how special this man of God was. He had an amazing up beat spirit that loved people and had an incredible faith. My husband and I were so excited about his upcoming mission trip next week to come visit us in the Philippines and to meet his new wife Ellen. Our hearts are broken with his passing.

  2. Who hit this fine man. Are you doing toxicology test on him too?
    Could it be
    That he was under the influence? Maybe he was texting when he hit him. Some witnesses say he was. But you are testing the fine man who lost his life. How sad.

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