‘They’re looking down on you now:’ Trump honors Florence officers, others at Peace Officers Memorial

Pee Dee officers among those honored at DC memorial

WASHINGTON, DC (WMBF) - "They’re looking down on you now. They died as they lived, fighting to protect innocent people. We will always remember them.”

Those were the words President Donald Trump spoke to the families of Florence Police Sgt. Terrence Carraway and Florence County Sheriff’s Inv. Farrah Turner, two of the officers recognized during Wednesday’s Peace Officers Memorial in Washington, DC.

Carraway and Turner died from injuries they sustained when they and five fellow officers were ambushed Oct. 3, 2018 in the Vintage Place neighborhood while trying to serve a search warrant.

“As his pastor said, he wore a badge of love,” Trump said of Carraway.

The president also spoke about the number of visitors who came to see Turner while she was in the hospital. Her death came a few weeks after the shooting.

“They loved her (Turner). They spoke of the way she not only saved them from danger but saved their lives through her grace and support and prayers,” Trump said.

Trump speaks about Florence officers at Peace Officers Memorial

The president spoke to an expected 40,000 officers and family members who were present at the rally. The names of each of the fallen officers from across the nation were then engraved into the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

During his speech, he asked two of the surviving Florence 7 to stand and be recognized. Sgt. Brian Hart and Cpl. Travis Scott rose to their feet as the crowd applauded.

Florence 7 honored in Washington

“It was just humbling,” Hart said in a phone interview with WMBF News after the memorial. “It kind of catches you off guard when the president says your name. It gives you chills, almost, having all those people recognize you.”

Scott said he was speechless.

“To have the highest ranking person in the United States acknowledge you. It’s humbling," he said.

The city of Florence also paid tribute to Carraway and Turner with a Wednesday Facebook post. It said, “Take time today to pay tribute to local, state, and federal peace officers who have died, or have been disabled, in the line of duty.”

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Posted by City of Florence on Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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