Crime & Courts

Here’s how you can help the officers shot in Florence County, and their families

At least two funds have been set up to help the seven Florence County officers shot while serving a warrant on Wednesday.

Florence police officer Terrence Carraway, a 30-year veteran of the force, died. Six other officers and sheriff’s deputies were injured in the shooting, which happened at a Florence County home when officers tried to serve an arrest warrant.

A memorial fund has been set up for Carraway. According to the GoFundMe page, which said “100 (percent) of the funds raised through this GoFundMe will go to the family of Officer Carraway.”

Carraway is survived by his wife and three adult children, according to Kassy Alia, whose own husband was killed in the line of duty in 2015 and who told The State she set up the GoFundMe to support the slain officer’s family.

A second fund has been set up to provide aid to the six wounded officers in their recovery. All of the funds raised will be divided among the injured officers to support their recovery process, according to the GoFundMe page.

The fundraisers are facilitated by Serve & Connect, a nonprofit established by Alia.

She told The State she met with Carraway’s family Thursday.

“They are surrounded by a lot of love and support. ... I learned what a giver he was. He was very passionate about youth,” Alia told The State. “This is an opportunity for us all to give back to a man who has given so much.”

Both of these fund raisers have been endorsed by the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association, the S.C. Police Chiefs Association and the S.C. Law Enforcement Assistance Program.

The Alia family: Kassy, Greg, and son Sal Courtesy of the Alia family

Wednesday’s shooting in Florence was also the three-year anniversary of the death of Alia’s husband, Forest Acres police officer Greg Alia.

“It’s all too familiar,” she said. “The one person you need the most is the one person you can’t be with.”

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