Slain Florence officer honored for bravery

April 10, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence Police Sgt. Terrence F. Carraway posthumously received an award for bravery from the Fred H. Sexton Post 1 of the American Legion on Tuesday evening.

Carraway’s wife, Allison, accepted the award from Post Commander Ken Curran on her husband’s behalf at the post’s annual civic awards presentation.

“It does mean a lot,” an emotional Allison Carraway said. “It means a great deal for him to be honored. I wish I could share it with him.”

Carraway was one of two officers who were fatally shot in an ambush Oct. 3 . He was on his way home when he heard the call for officers needing assistance.

The post read a statement from Florence Police Lt. Bob Drulis before presenting Allison with the award.

“Bravery, it can hit any of us at any time when quick thinking overcomes any fears that we might have about our own safety,” Drulis said in his statement. “Throughout history, men and women have displayed some of the most amazing acts of bravery putting their lives at risk to save others.”

The post also presented its teacher of the year award to Moore Intermediate art instructor Sharri Duncan, a traffic safety award to Lance Cpl. Kevin Buxton of the Florence Police Department, the firefighter certificate of commendation to Chief Steve McCormick of the Florence Fire Department, and a law enforcement certificate of commendation to Lance Cpl. Travis Scott of the Florence Police Department.

Before the ceremony ended Tuesday evening, Legionnaire Phylis Burgh was presented flowers and a cake to celebrate her 86th birthday.

Burgh, a Women’s Army Corps veteran, said that she had 14 years left to make it to 100 and that she would continue to work on behalf of veterans.

Scott was one of five officers wounded during the Oct. 3 ambush. He was wounded in the hip. He returned to duty on Feb. 20.

The American Legion was formed by congressional charter in 1919. According to its website, the legion is dedicated to mutual helpfulness and hundreds of local programs strengthen the nation community by community. Two of the legion’s programs are American Legion Baseball and Operation Comfort Warriors which provides wounded service members with comfort items.

The legion is divided at the state level. Each state is subdivided into districts of multiple counties, subdivided again at the county level before going to the individual post level. There are roughly 14,900 posts in the United States including Florence Post 1. Post 1, the oldest post in South Carolina, of the American Legion is known as the Fred H. Sexton Post.

Fred H Sexton was a second lieutenant with the 29th Division, 113th Infantry Regiment of the Army in World War I. He was reported missing and declared dead on October 21, 1918. Sexton was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.