HFFCU calls for donations to honor members gunned down in Florence shootings
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
|The late Sgt. Terrence Carraway was one of three Health Facilities FCU members shot in an ambush of law enforcement in Florence on October 3.
Florence, SC--The ambush on law enforcement in Florence on Wednesday, October 3 struck down one member of Health Facilities Federal Credit Union and has two more in critical condition. The credit union, which has city and county law enforcement and first responders in its field of membership, is honoring them by inviting contributions to benefit the City of Florence Police Benevolence Fund.
Sergeant Terrence Carraway, 52, was laid to rest Monday following services attended by thousands including law enforcement, first responders, and members of the community. Florence County Deputy Arie Davis, 25, and Investigator Sarah Miller remain hospitalized.
Carraway, a Florence native, had nearly reached his 31-year anniversary with the Florence Police Department and was a highly decorated officer. He had been a visible member of Health Facilities FCU for 29 of those years—the same years he had been married. He was devoted to his wife and two sons, three brothers, a sister, and numerous others in his extended family. Carraway had previously served 23 years in the United States Air Force, and was a deeply involved member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington.
The Health Facilities family knew firsthand how special Carraway was to all whom he encountered. The credit union contributed to his own Camp FEVER for at-risk youth, at which Branch Manager Barbara Merrill volunteered. He was readily available to consult on suspected check fraud, regularly escorted staff on cash transports, and joined other officers in helping fingerprint children at numerous “credit union days” at HFFCU. Over the nine years of frequently shared occasions in the community, Loan Officer Stephanie McFaddin saw Carraway as a friend and a man of character, grace, and purpose despite his imposing stature.
“He always wore a smile and was always ready to lend a hand, offer encouragement, or be of service. The way he poured out (himself) into the young people of this community was legendary,” McFaddin recalls. “He wanted to leave things better than he found them. The world will be a different place without Terrence in it, but I think it may be a better place because he was.”
The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation is accepting donations for a consolidated contribution to the City of Florence Police Benevolence Fund, and it will match individual donations up to a total of $500. To participate, visit https://squareup.com/store/carolinas-cu-foundation, scroll to “Memorial and Honorary Gifts,” enter donation amount and proceed through “Add to Cart,” and indicate “City of Florence Police Benevolence Fund” in the note field at checkout.