WASHINGTON — At a ceremony for fallen law enforcement officers Wednesday on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building, President Donald Trump pledged to the families that the country will “never, ever leave your side, never disappoint you.”
The 38th annual memorial service honored 228 peace officers who died in the line of duty last year.
Among the fallen officers honored this year were two from the Pee Dee: Florence police Sgt. Terrence Carraway and Florence County Sheriff’s Office investigator Farrah Turner. The two died of injuries suffered serving a search warrant at a residence in a high-end subdivision just west of Florence.
Deputies from the Florence County Sheriff’s Office went on Oct. 3 to 932 Ashton Drive to interview Seth Hopkins and execute a search warrant when Frederick Hopkins allegedly opened fire on the sheriff’s deputies.
Four Florence police officers who responded to assist the deputies were also shot.
Florence police Sgt. Brian Hart, Cpl. Will Blackmon, Cpl. Travis Scott and SPO Princess Benjamin accompanied Sgt. Carraway's widow, Allison Carraway, to the memorial.
Allison Carraway posted to her Facebook page a picture of the medal she received for her husband’s sacrifice.
Frederick Thomas Hopkins Jr., 74, has been charged with the murder of Carraway and Turner. He has been charged with the attempted murders of officers Brian Hart, Travis Scott and Scott Williamson of the Florence Police Department and deputies Arie Davis and Sarah Miller of the Florence County Sheriff's Office.
Seth David Hopkins, 28, is accused of multiple cases of sexual assault on an 11-14-year-old female.