When Greg was killed in 2015, the community rallied around our founder, Kassy, and their 6-month old son, Sal. Using an online fundraiser, over $200,000 was raised to support their family following Greg’s tragic death.
We carry forward this immense kindness through our Tragedy Response Program. Anytime an officer is killed in the line-of-duty or critically injured in the line-of-duty in South Carolina, we offer to facilitate community giving to support the officer and their family and to honor their bravery. Since 2015, we have facilitated over $500,000 raised. We do not keep any of the money raised, and 100% is donated to the officers and their families.
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, December 17th, PFC Michael Shawn Latu was involved in a single motor vehicle crash while responding to a call. PFC Latu did not survive his injuries.
PFC Latu is remembered as a hero who gave his life to service. He was the Marion County Sheriff’s Office 2018 Deputy of the Year as well as the 2018 Patrolman of the Year.
On the morning of January 5, 2020, Officer Jackson Ryan Winkeler with the Florence Regional Airport Department of Public Safety was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop shortly before 6AM. Officer Winkeler also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Latta Fire Department. He was 26 years old.
Officer Winkeler is remembered as a happy, generous soul who was called to serve others. This fundraiser will support his family during this difficult time.