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Meet Nominee Captain Torian Roseboro

By September 20, 2018 No Comments

From his volunteer work throughout the community to the work he does daily as a Captain with the Columbia Metro Airport Department of Public Safety, Captain Torian Roseboro is always going above and beyond for his community. He’s been on the police side of things since 2012, but his life has always been about helping others and he has served as a firefighter since 2000 and is an Air Force veteran.
 
Not only has he worked as a first responder for most of his life, but he gives back to the community by volunteering. “A career or job is what you do,” Captain Roseboro said. “But who you are as a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, EMT, it has to be within you. I mean, you can do it for a check, but at the end of the day it has to be what you’re about as far as serving the public. It can’t be something you’re doing for monetary gain. It has to be something that you have a passion for. At the end of the day, as a law enforcement officer, you’re there helping people. That’s what you’re doing. Whether it be at a car wreck or a 911 emergency, people are calling you because they need your services.”
 
His kind acts were brought to light in his nomination. The nomination read, “He leads by example in his work and personal life. Captain Roseboro not only works at the airport, but he also delivers food for Meals on Wheels in the Columbia area a couple days a week.” Captain Roseboro also spends time volunteering at the Palmetto Place Children’s Home as a mentor for the children that are there. He’s an active member at Grace Life Church in Columbia and he volunteers much of his time to help others in any way that he can. “He’s a true leader at work and someone I look up to in life.”
 
“I do volunteer work by volunteering at the local children’s shelter,” Captain Roseboro said. There, he volunteers as a mentor with children who have come from abusive and other bad situations. “The appreciation they reciprocate back to you can be impactful. You’re basically helping kids at their worst moment. With Meals on Wheels, you’re helping the elderly and you help them with their loneliness. The interaction that I have with them, talking with them for a brief moment throughout the day, goes hand in hand with law enforcement.”
 
Captain Roseboro’s view on life is remarkable and shows who he is as an individual. He has learned a lot about his community and believes that “people have more in common than they may think. Be it social media, TV, political, the things that bring division… once you pull back the layers, we realize that we are trying to accomplish the same things in life. We are trying to bring unity. We want to break down barriers. Care for our fellow human beings. We have so much in common where it’s so simple. Whether you go to a school or a daycare, look at the kids playing on the playground. The kids just see friends. They are color blind.”
 
Please join us in celebrating Captain Roseboro as one of the finalists for the Officer Gregory Alia Award!
 


About the Officer Gregory Alia Award
Serve & Connect was founded by Kassy Alia in memory of her husband, Greg Alia, who was killed in the line of duty on September 30th, 2015. This prestigious annual award is named in his honor and recognizes 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 employed their role with thoughtfulness and tact; and who through everyday interactions builds a safer community for all. The award is presented at our annual event, the Knight of Honor Gala, which will be held on September 28, 2018 in Columbia, SC.