Community comes together to honor Sgt. Carraway
On Wednesday October 3, tragedy struck the Florence area. A violent standoff took place that resulted in several police officers being injured and the death of one officer. Sgt. Terrence Carraway was the officer that lost his life during the stand off.
Carraway was born Florence. He went to school in Darlington County. Carraway had been working with the Florence Police Department for over 30 years. He was also a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, which is located in Darlington.
On Monday, October 8, there was a viewing held for Carraway at the Florence Center from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., following the viewing was a memorial service. Hundreds were in attendance at the viewing to pay their respects and honor the life of Carraway.
Flowers and balloons were present at the Florence Center. The service was broadcasted live for people who could not physically attend. During the service, friends and family of Sgt. Carraway spoke about his life and all that he accomplished. Sgt. Carraway earned the recognitions of Police Officer of the Year, Hometown Hero, and the Medal of Valor.
According to the program at the memorial service: “Terrence devoted his life to developing long lasting relationships with children who loved and honored him like a father. If he ever befriended you, you surely had a friend for life. Brother Carraway did not limit the definition of family to a blood connection; for Terrence, brothers and sisters were connected by the heart.”