Kassy Alia gave a big donation Thursday to officers who were shot in a January ambush.
She had an even bigger message.
“The bigger message here, I think, is showing that our officers are loved and supported,” said Allen, president and founder of Heroes in Blue, a nonprofit that raises money for the families of police who are injured or killed in the line of duty.
Heroes in Blue raised $79,000 through a GoFundMe account for three York County officers who were shot during an ambush in January and for the family of a detective who died during the assault.
York County Sheriff’s deputies Sgt. Randy Clinton and Sgt. Buddy Brown, and York Police officer Sgt. Kyle Cummings were injured -- and are recovering -- during the shooting. Det. Mike Doty died.
“They are going to have a long journey ahead,” she said. “We hope that the donations from the community can help them on that journey.”
Each of the injured officers and Doty’s family will receive $18,134, Alia said. Heroes in Blue collaborated with the sheriff’s office, York Police Department and the Law Enforcement Chaplaincy for South Carolina.
“The money matters and it helps, especially with the officers who are in healing,” Alia said. “It says that this community stands together and uplifts our officers in their greatest time of need.”
York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson and York Police Chief Andy Robinson said donations and support from the community continue weeks after the shootings.
Robinson said his department receives daily letters from schools and members of the community.
“I try to let all of the officers see all the love and support that is coming in, because it’s not just for the injured officers or for Mike,” he said. “It’s for all of the officers.”
Tolson said he believes York County is “a little different” than other communities when it comes to support for law enforcement.
“My prayer is that Mike’s death and these officers’ injuries are not in vain and that support continues through tomorrow, next week, next month and the next year and into the foreseeable future.”
Tracy Kimball: firstname.lastname@example.org