Donate to Support York Officers

Donate to Support York Officers


A domestic violence call that became a manhunt resulted in four law enforcement officers being shot overnight in York County in South Carolina, just south of Charlotte. Three of the officers shot were deputies with the York County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) and one was a York Police Officer (YPD).

Heroes In Blue, inimage1 collaboration with York County Sheriff’s Office and City of York Police Department, are raising money for the four officers who were shot to provide support with their medical bills and recovery:
Sgt. Randy Clinton, YCSO K-9
Sgt. Buddy Brown, YCSO Patrol
Master Deputy II, Michael Doty, YCSO Investigations
Sgt. Kyle Cummings, YPD Forensics Detective

Detective Mike Doty remains in critical condition after sustaining life-threatening injuries.


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Announcing: Nominations for Knight of Honor

Announcing: Nominations for Knight of Honor



Heroes In Blue is seeking nominations for our annual awards. Heroes In Blue is a nonprofit (501c3) organization committed to promoting positive police and community relationships through empathy and action and to providing support to the families of fallen officers. The organization was founded in memory of Gregory Alia (FAPD EOW 9/30/15) who is remembered for how he served his community with compassion and respect for all.

Nominations are open to anyone in South Carolina. We especially encourage all law enforcement agencies to make at least one nomination. We also encourage citizens to nominate a hero who has made a difference in their life.

Two awards will be presented at Heroes In Blue’s Annual “Knight of Honor Gala” held September 29, 2017 at the Forest Lake Country Club in Columbia, S.C.: the Officer Gregory Alia Award and the Citizen Hero Award. Criteria for the awards is described below.

  • Criteria for the Officer Gregory Alia Award: an outstanding officer who demonstrates a commitment to serve his/her community with respect and compassion; one who goes above the call of duty to ensure that members of the community are protected, cared for, and feel valued; one who treats all members of the community as equal and who employs their role with thoughtfulness and tact; and who through everyday interactions builds a safer community for all.
  • Criteria for the Citizen Hero Award: an outstanding member of the community or organization whose actions enhance the quality of life for members of their community; who exemplify unity and change through love; and whose actions either directly or indirectly support law enforcement’s ongoing efforts to build safer communities. Award may be given to either an outstanding individual or outstanding group.

Please check the award for which the nomination is submitted and complete the sections of the nomination form below:

_____ Officer Gregory Alia Award

_____ Citizen Hero Award

The deadline for submitting awards nominations is, Wednesday, August 16, 2017.  Nominations may be emailed to or mailed to:


CC: Heroes In Blue Awards Committe

P.O. Box 210709

Columbia, SC  29221

Please call or email Heroes In Blue if you have any questions regarding the awards process.

301-908-2635 or email




Mailing address:



Relationship to nominee:





Please describe below (and on a separate page as needed) why the nominee is deserving of the award. Please include examples as possible. Supporting documentation (newspaper clips, social media examples, pictures) welcome but not a requirement.















Dynamic Health and Fitness Heroes In Blue Fundraiser


We were SO thankful for the support from Dynamic Health and Fitness in West Columbia! On April 22, they put on an outstanding event in support of Heroes In Blue. Check out our photos to see more of the fun! THANK YOU DYNAMIC HEALTH AND FITNESS!

Thank you also to Lexington County Sheriff’s Department for your outstanding help. While we were there, we heard a powerful story from Deputy Greg Carr. He shared about a time when he and another deputy pitched in to buy a young boy in need shoes. This is just one example of why we do what we do!

Also, a HUGE HUGE thanks to our outstanding team! Laura, Lauren, Jessica, Adianne, Brandi and Allen – y’all are rockstars. We couldn’t do this without you!

Knight of Honor Gala 2016 Photos


Thank you to everyone who made our First Annual Knight of Honor Gala a huge success! We were able to raise $24,000 which will go directly to our mission of promoting police and community relationships. Thank you to our sponsors, especially our presenting sponsors: the City of Forest Acres and Dunbar Funeral Homes. Thank you to Forest Lake Club for hosting our event when Hurricane Matthew promoted a venue change. Thank you to Andrea Mock, master of ceremonies; Marcus Lattimore, our esteemed speaker; and to Dr. and Mrs. Alia for joining us in honor. Thank you to the Society for Creative Anachronism and Syr for their incredible entertainment and to Craft and Draft and Rosso Trattitoria for food and drink.

  • Congratulations to our award winners: Officer Gregory Alia Award Winner Sgt. Lori Tumlin, Forest Acres Police Department and Citizen Hero Award winner Pastor Eddie Coakley.
  • To our knighted officers: Corporal Trobathian Johnson, Richland County Sheriff’s Department; Sgt. John “Robbie” Reese, Cayce Department of Public Safety; Corporal Paul Walker, Lexington Police Department; Chief Billy Parker, Pine Ridge Police Department; Officer Preston “Daniel” Avery and Officer Nicholas Gunter of the Columbia Police Department; Deputy David Burns, Lexington County Sheriff’s Department; Officer Chris Manuel, Springdale Police Department; Lt. John Norman, West Columbia Police Department.
  • And to our Citizen Heroes: Travis Crumpton, Forest Acres Neighborhood Association, Jorge and Megan Gonzales, Del Phillips, Pineview Ruritan Club, and Tommy Shealy.