Scholarships awarded in honor of slain officer
The Florence Police Department Police Fund announced Thursday the first-ever recipients of the Sgt. Terrence Carraway Memorial Scholarship: Gracie Epps of Darlington High School and Jayden Smith of Wilson High School.
Carraway was shot and killed in October of last year while responding to assist three Florence County Sheriff's Office deputies who had been shot and wounded while serving a sexual assault warrant at a house off of Vintage Drive. Another officer, Investigator Farrah Turner of the Florence County Sheriff's Office, was also killed in the incident.
Chief Allen Heidler presented the award to Jayden Smith and Carraway’s widow, Allison Carraway, presented the award to Gracie Epps in a small ceremony with their family members and Florence Police Department Command Staff.
Gracie Epps will be attending Coastal Carolina University, majoring in Special Education. Jayden Smith will be attending South Carolina State University, majoring in Civil Engineering.
The scholarship was established in January of 2019 to honor the life of Carraway and continue his passion for the advancement of youth in the Florence and Darlington communities. This need based scholarship will be awarded annually to one recipient from Florence County School public high schools and one recipient from Darlington County School public high schools. Scholarship awards are made payable to the recipient’s educational institution.