Theodore Michael Benke, of Charleston, departed this life for Heavenly rest June 18, while in the line of duty with the Charleston Fire Department.
Mike was the son of Charles Derois Benke and Faye Millwood Benke.
He was a fireman with The Charleston Fire Station #16, a member of the International Fire Fighters Association, and a member of Palmetto Community Church.
Surviving are his dear wife, Kim Cofield Benke; a son, Hunter Michael Benke; two daughters, Taylor Michelle Benke and Holly Benke Gildea all of Charleston; two grandchildren, Kayla Cofield and C.J. Chris Cofield, Jr.; his father and mother-in-law, Raymond and JoAnn Cofield, Jr. of Charleston, Rusty, Chris and Charlene Cofield of Cottageville, SC, and Andy Benke of Sullivans Island, SC; nephew, and Raymond Cofield, IV.
The victims and their years of service are:
*Captain William "Billy" Hutchinson, 30 years service
*Captain Mike Benke, 29 years service
*Captain Louis Mulkey, 11½ years service
*Engineer Mark Kelsey, 12½ years service
*Engineer Bradford "Brad" Baity, 9 years service
*Asst. Engineer Michael French, 1½ years service
*Firefighter James "Earl" Drayton, 32 years service
*Firefighter Brandon Thompson, 4 years service
*Firefighter Melvin Champaign, 2 years service
Loving Husband and Father
All Gave Some, Some Gave All