Fallen but not forgotten: 5 runners stop in Sumter on 394-mile relay route honoring slain Florence officers, others killed in S.C. in line of duty

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 6/12/19

For each South Carolina police officer who has died in the line of duty, they will run a mile, all 384 names squeezed into the shape of the state on their shirts, including a friend.

Curtis Boyd and a group of runners and fitness aficionados …

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Fallen but not forgotten: 5 runners stop in Sumter on 394-mile relay route honoring slain Florence officers, others killed in S.C. in line of duty

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For each South Carolina police officer who has died in the line of duty, they will run a mile, all 394 names squeezed into the shape of the state on their shirts, including a friend.

Curtis Boyd and a group of runners and fitness aficionados waited at the downtown Sumter fountain Tuesday for Danny Watson to run up Main Street. He was finishing his day's half-marathon leg of the SC Fallen Officers Relay Run in honor of all the fallen officers statewide - 10 of whom were K-9s.

Two were Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway and Florence County Sheriff's Investigator Farrah Turner. They were killed in an ambush by a 74-year-old man who opened fire on three deputies coming to question his son about a possible sex crime against a minor.

Carraway was a member of Boyd's gym, Fitness WorldWide Gym, in Darlington. He was a brown belt. A friend to Boyd for 25 years. He was shot to death on Oct. 3, 2018, and six were wounded in either the initial response or in the attempt to rescue Carraway. Turner died from her injuries 19 days later, a week after having both of her feet amputated and having endured nine operations.

"A lot of people remember their names and are affected when it first happens, but people forget as time goes on," Boyd said.

The 394-mile run started in Darlington and will end Saturday at the Statehouse in Columbia, passing through Florence, Sumter, Clarendon, Hartsville, Chesterfield, Dillon and Kershaw counties along the way (not in that order). Their Florence route took them through Vintage Place, the subdivision where the ambush took place.

Each of the five men running have been doing and will continue to run a half-marathon, which is 13.1 miles, each day.

Each day, they are calling out the names of about 65 officers.

They're streaming the relay in spurts on Boyd's Facebook page, hoping to raise awareness for the fallen officers and to raise money for a planned memorial park in Darlington, where Carraway lived, to honor them all. The Sergeant Terrence Carraway Fallen Officers Memorial Park will cost about $200,000 to construct, Boyd said. His gym, which he runs with his wife, three sons and mother, donated a $25,000 piece of property on South Main Street for the park's location.

According to a sponsorship letter from Boyd and Carraway's wife, Allison Carraway, the park will include a fountain, basketball court, flower garden, picnic tables, flag poles and a statue of Carraway. Money donated will be issued to the Fraternal Order of Police, a local group that is acting as the project's holding agency.

For more information or to buy a memorial T-shirt, go to www.fitnessworldgyms.com or call (843) 206-4389.