Credit unions present donation to 'Florence 7' survivors and families at December 6 ceremony
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
On December 6, 2018, just two months after the tragic shooting in Florence, South Carolina, credit union representatives gathered at the city’s council chambers to honor the ‘Florence 7’—the officers injured and killed on October 3.
Fallen officer Sergeant Terrence Carraway was an active member of Health Facilities Federal Credit Union which drove the credit union’s CEO Robert Harris to invite others to contribute to the City of Florence Police Benevolence Fund. Living by the philosophy of ‘People Helping People,’ 28 credit unions from North Carolina and South Carolina answered the call and raised an impressive $20,075 to be distributed evenly among the survivors and victims' families.
The Florence 7
Sergeant Terrance Carraway*
Investigator Farrah Turner*
Investigator Arie Davis
Investigator Sarah Miller
Officer Brian Hunt
Officer Travis Scott
Officer Scott Williamson
“Fire, EMS, nurses, everybody, even the public—from Florence and generally in South Carolina—were adversely affected by what that happened that day and we want to honor those who were injured,” Harris remarked during the ceremony.
Assisting the effort, Carolinas Credit Union Foundation managed the donations and matched individual donations of up to $500.
In an interview with WMBF News, Officer Travis Scott said the donation came at the perfect time for his family. “Perfect timing, it puts a smile on our faces and like I said in our hearts. It means a lot, we appreciate it,” Scott said.
Officer Brian Hunt also expressed thanks for the contributions saying, “All the hard work we put into this job, it’s a reflection on how the community is supporting us now and we’ll continue to do the best we can.”
Also in attendance were Florence Police Department’s Chief Allen Heidler, Chaplain Sam Turbeville, fellow officers and staff from Florence PD and Florence County Sheriff's Department, officers from outside agencies, representatives from Health Facilities CU, SC FCU, Pee Dee FCU, Palmetto First FCU, SPC CU, Foundation President Lauren Whaley, and Carolinas Credit Union League Vice President of Governmental Affairs Billy Boylston.
HFFCU calls for donations to honor members gunned down in Florence shootings