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By September 20, 2021No Comments

Lake City, SC – On Friday September 17, 2021, Lt. John Stewart of Lake City Police Department was killed during a car chase.

Serve & Connect, in partnership with the Lake City Police Department, South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association, South Carolina Police Chiefs Association, South Carolina Fraternal Order of Police and South Carolina Sheriff’s Association, have organized a fundraiser for Lt. Stewart’s family.

Lt. Stewart dedicated his life to service, first as a marine and then followed by two decades in law enforcement,” said Kassy Alia Ray, CEO of Serve & Connect. “We are honored to do what we can to support his family following this terrible loss of a great man.”

Stewart, who served in law enforcement for two decades, is survived by his family, including two sons.  

A memorial fund has been established to support Lt. Stewart’s family, assisting with any unexpected costs and honoring Stewart’s service. The fundraiser is facilitated by Serve & Connect, a nonprofit (501c3) organization focused on fostering positive change through sustainable police-community partnerships. Since 2015, Serve & Connect has raised more than $730,000 for families of fallen officers in South Carolina. Serve & Connect was founded by Kassy Alia Ray in memory of her late husband, Officer Gregory Alia, who was killed in the line of duty on September 30, 2015. 

Anyone can donate by visiting:  Lt. John Stewart Memorial Fund 

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