FLORENCE, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The funeral services for fallen police officer Terrence Carraway were held on Monday. Family, friends and fellow officers came together to honor the life of the man they say was a pillar in the Florence community.
It was an emotional morning as hundreds gathered to remember and celebrate the life of slain Florence police officer Sgt. Terrence Caraway. He was a 30-year veteran of the Florence Police Department.
"He was the life of the party and we appreciate that," one mourner said.
"He was a gentle giant, a good person, always willing to help," another told FOX 46.
Sgt. Carraway, an Air Force veteran, was gunned down, and six of his fellow officers were shot in what the sheriff says was a planned attack on law enforcement last Wednesday when deputies went to serve a search warrant at a home in the Vintage Place community.
Officers were sporting blue ribbons filed in to say one final goodbye to their brother in blue.
"It's a legacy for the young African Americans and Americans of the quality of the person that's living in truth and loving the Lord," said Reginald Alford, Sgt. Carraway's cousin.
Carraway was a father, a friend, a role model to many, a brother, a coach, and a husband, and he will be remembered for his courage and bravery.
"Look at what today brought everybody together black and white nobody is angry everybody is celebrating the homegoing service of brother Terrence caraway and I'm proud of it, I'm proud to be here I'm proud to have known him," William McCall said.
An entire community is mourning the loss of their peacemaker, a man loved by many.
“We grieve together today. A community in pain, and we too may be tempted like this world around us to be filled with anger bitterness with hatred with a desire for vengeance. But we must aspire to the standard set for us by Carraway by our peacemaker,”
The legacy Sgt. Carraway is leaving behind is one that will never be forgotten. He was a friend to young people, and helped Tyra Little's sons stay on the right track.
"He came by and spoke with him, picked them up and let them know he was there for them if they needed him, so he's just always a good guy he will definitely be missed," Little said. She served in the military with Sgt. Carraway.
A sea of blue lights guided the fallen officer's casket from the funeral home to the burial site at Florence Memorial Gardens.
It was a somber, quiet moment as the motorcade left the Florence Center and then it started pouring rain, but the memorial set up on Sgt. Carraway's car wasn’t washed away and the memories of the fallen officer still cover the community.