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It has been over two years since my husband, Greg Alia, was shot and killed in the line of duty. When he died, there was a negative focus on law enforcement and a divisiveness that permeated throughout our country. This divisiveness deeply impacted me when Greg died, and made me feel as if his service and sacrifice were not valued. It led me to start Heroes In Blue as a way to raise awareness of the positive acts of service that so often go unnoticed in our communities.

Director Jackie Swindler of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy will be a guest speaker at the event.

Alana Simmons is the founder of Hate Won’t Win, a movement she created in
memory of her grandfather who was killed in Emanuel 9. Simmons will also be a guest speaker at the event.

Heroes In Blue has since grown into a nonprofit organization that is committed to promoting positive police and community relationships through empathy and action. Over the past two years, we have been changing the conversation between cops and community and I am proud of all we have accomplished. However, I know there is much work left to be done. The divisiveness that impacted me two years ago continues to grow and the pain left in its wake is not mine alone. It threatens the well-being of police officer and citizen alike.

I believe we can take action to end this divisiveness and that we can do so by creating connections between people who are called to serve our community – both citizen and police officer – because I believe that when police and community come together, we ignite improvements in well-being for everyone.

To propel us into this next phase of work, I’m pleased to announce that we are refining our mission to put more emphasis on the partnerships that empower, build trust, and create lasting impact.

Join us March 19th as we announce our next step in this journey. The event will be held at 11am at Richland Mall – where it all began. Through tragedy, we can all create something beautiful if we chose to stand together in love and hope. We are proud to welcome our speakers, Director Jackie Swindler of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and Alana Simmons Founder of Hate Won’t Win, a movement she created in memory of her grandfather who was killed in Emanuel 9. Rosewood Market will be providing refreshments.

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