Work begins on Carraway Memorial Park in Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. — More than 100 people gathered at the corner of Main Street and Avenue D at noon Tuesday to mark the start of construction of the Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway Fallen Officers’ Memorial Park.
Carraway died after he was shot in an ambush in October. He was one of seven officers shot and one of two who died. The other was Farrah Turner, an investigator with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office.
“It means a lot to me in that they have shown up and they’ve shone out,” said Allison Carraway, widow of Sgt. Terrence Carraway. “This is his community and just knowing as a community they’ve come together and want to continue his legacy it’s just an awesome feeling.”
“It’s a wonderful event that Darlington County has come out to celebrate my dad,” said Terrence Rashad Carraway, his son. “My daddy lived right over there when he grew up. This is his neighborhood. My daddy had me out here all the time.”
Curtis Boyd donated the land and teamed up with Allison Carraway to make the monument happen.
“What he did is amazing,” Rashad Carraway said.
Boyd, a Darlington businessman, spoke at Tuesday’s event.
“I know Terrence would want good to come from all this evil,” Boyd said. “So I’ve teamed up with Allison and her family to bring good to this corner with this memorial park.”
“It is amazing. So much love from the community,” said Katie Godwin, mother of Farrah Turner. “I’m here to support Allison Carraway because I feel her pain.”
The monument plans call for a large water fountain out front along with a statue of Carraway, a tear wall, a basketball court, flowers, a monument that lists the names of all 377 South Carolina officers who have died in the line of duty, an area to recognize 10 K9 officers who have died in the line of duty.
The park will also honor the Florence 7 — the seven officers who were shot on Oct. 3 while serving a warrant in Vintage Place Subdivision.
Boyd said the monument will commemorate Darlington’s police chiefs and have a gift box where people can drop off food, or get food — depending on their needs.
Six flags will fly over the monument — the Christian, South Carolina, United States, US Air Force (Carraway was a veteran), Police and Fallen Officer flags.
The monument will be active and updated as needed.
“Terrence and Farrah were the last two in our area. We hope we don’t have to add any more names,” Boyd said.
The monument will also feature a reserved parking spot for any officer on duty.
“Any officer driving by can pull into the spot reserved for them and get out,” Boyd said. “If an officer wants to stop and talk for a second to let them know what the kids are doing or speak to the families. That way when he pulls off he can give simple assistance to Sgt. Terrence Carraway, who is overlooking the park, to let everybody know that all is good.”