Welcome New Friends!
Welcome new friends! My name is Kassy Alia and I am the President and Founder of Heroes In Blue. Below is a picture of me with my husband, Greg Alia, and our son Sal. Greg was my whole heart and my hero. He was killed in the line of duty on September 30, 2015 while responding to a call about a suspicious person. It was 8 a.m. on a Wednesday. Our son turned 6 months old that day. Greg had recently turned 32.
The night after Greg died, I asked for two things. First, I asked that people share stories about Greg so that Sal could learn about the man his father was. Second, I asked that people share stories of cops doing good everywhere. My husband was a hero. Other cops are too. Because of this, I proposed that we start spreading the hashtag #HeroesInBlue.
Greg and I often talked about the current negative attention given to police. He said, “Kassy, for every one bad situation, there are thousands more positive interactions occurring daily that go unnoticed.” Help us tell these stories. Help us show the world who our #HeroesInBlue are. Help us tell the stories about the communities who love them.
Our vision for Heroes In Blue has grown into an organization that is committed to appreciating the compassionate and courageous acts shown by law enforcement daily, to bridging the gap between police and community through empathy and action and to providing immediate support to families in response to tragedy. Currently, our action efforts are focused on South Carolina and it is our plan to grow. You can help us do this by helping to spread the love and sharing those great stories that often go unnoticed.
We are actively working with community leaders and local police to help foster and build positive relationships through creative, hands-on experiences. For example, we recently partnered with The Columbia Police Department, SC and End Child Hunger SC to support their Summer Food Service Program which provides free meals to youth 18 and under. Partnerships like this help us achieve our goal of promoting understanding and building trust in our communities.
Currently, our team is passionately working towards enacting several initiatives. We plan to continue our mission of showing appreciation to law enforcement and their families through community-driven events. For example, our “Feed an Officer” campaign last December raised enough money to feed 200+ officers across 14 police stations in Columbia, South Carolina and raised an additional $3,500 in gift certificates to local restaurants.
We also remain committed to providing immediate support in response to tragedy, as we did in March. Our GoFundMe campaign raised over $193,000 for the family of Greenville Police Department Officer Allen Jacobs. He was killed in the line of duty as well, leaving behind a wife, two sons and a daughter on the way.
Mother Teresa once said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Alone, I am just one person, but together we are thousands strong. Thank you for joining us in our mission. Together, we can create a tidal wave for positive change.