A local nonprofit is sending a message to the family of a Columbia officer killed in a crash last year – you aren’t forgotten.
Stacy Case died in November after a crash in the Vista while responding to reports of gunfire. Following the crash, Heroes in Blue – led by Kassy Alia – raised money for Case’s Michigan-based family by selling T-shirts.
Alia started the nonprofit after her husband, Forest Acres police officer Greg Alia, was shot and killed in September while responding to a situation at the Richland Mall. She said the goal is to strengthen relationships between law enforcement and the community.
“It’s time to bring to light all the wonderful things that law enforcement officers do around the country, and really show the negative stories we’re seeing are not even 1 percent of what’s actually happening,” Alia said.
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Accompanied by Ryan Alphin of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers’ Association and Tim Goldman of the Columbia Police Department Foundation, Alia presented a check for $1,232 to Police Chief Skip Holbrook on Wednesdsay.
Lt. Chris White, commander over the police department’s North Region – to which Case was assigned – said the support showed that people care about officers in the Midlands, and that Case would be proud if she could see it.
“Even though she’s not here, (a lot of people) do care,” he said. “And we miss her.”
Though Heroes in Blue raised the funds in December, Alia said she didn’t present the check until now because the organization hadn’t obtained nonprofit status at that point. She also said she didn’t know if Case’s family knew about the fundraising effort.
“That’s something that I am proud Heroes in Blue does,” Alia said. “I hope we can serve as a support that’s behind the scenes. If they want to talk to us more, we’re here. If we don’t, I hope it brings comfort that, regardless, we are here providing support.”