Darlington opens park named in Carraway’s honor
The City of Darlington held a ceremonial ribbon cutting Thursday, Jan. 31 to mark the opening of Sgt. Terrence Carraway Memorial Park. The park is located on Magnolia Street, not far from where the late law enforcement officer grew up.
Sgt. Carraway, a Darlington native and member of the Florence Police Department, was one of seven officers shot and one of two who died during a response to a call in October of 2018.
Carraway’s wife, Allison, cut the ceremonial ribbon. Other family members as well as friends and law enforcement co-workers were on hand for the special ceremony.
Posted on a large wrought-iron fence near the entrance to the park is a sign that reads: “The Sgt. Terrence Carraway Memorial Park.” The inscription below Carraway’s badge number (272) includes the scripture reading from the Gospel of Matthew, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” It goes on to share details of his tragic death and his time growing up in Darlington. It closes by stating: “He was a son, a husband, a father, but ultimately, he was a HERO.”
Darlington Mayor Curtis Boyd, Police Chief Kelvin Washington, and Dr. Cecil Bromell of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, all spoke during the program.
Boyd called Carraway a hero and said the park would be the second in a line of parks being built to serve all of the neighborhoods in Darlington.
The Sgt. Terrence Carraway Fallen Officers Memorial Park, which will pay tribute to all police officers killed in South Carolina in the line of duty, is scheduled to be completed this year.