Watch: Intersection to be Renamed After Fallen Officer
The Intersection at Forest Dr. and Beltline Blvd. will be renamed after fallen Forest Acres Police Officer Greg Alia.
Columbia, S.C. (WOLO) — The intersection of Forest Drive and Beltline Boulevard will be renamed ‘Officer Gregory Thomas Alia Boulevard,’ after fallen Forest Acres police officer Greg Alia.
“Greg was always my hero and I think for those who knew him he was theirs and for many others he’s really become our superhero,” said Greg’s wife, Kassy Alia.
For Kassy, renaming the intersection of Forest Drive and Beltline Boulevard in honor of her husband fills her heart with pride.
“He was an every day guy,” said Alia. “He was goofy, nerdy, loved Star Wars and comic books and he walked his dogs by day and paid his bills and sometimes cleaned the house and by night he fought crime and saved the world.”
Greg was fighting crime and saving the world when he died in the line of duty nearly 6 months ago. Alia was shot and killed at Richland Mall while responding to an early morning call, only a short distance away from the intersection that will now be a memorial in honor of his sacrifice.
“It was just so horrific that I thought it was also important that we honor this young man who is a product of Columbia,” said Senator Joel Lourie.
Senator Lourie created the bill that passed in the Senate to rename the intersection, ‘Officer Gregory Thomas Alia Boulevard,’ hoping to ensure his legacy.
“I want the story to be told that Greg Alia was a man who loved his family, loved his faith, loved being a police officer and lost his life in the duty, paying the ultimate sacrifice and it happened right here at this mall,” said Senator Lourie.
Kassy hopes the memorial also helps her son Sal be able to tell the story of their family superhero.
“Sal will always want to talk about his dad and having these positive memorials that serve as a source of pride help him to tell that story and talk about about his dad as a superhero not just this abstract thing,” explained Alia.
Senator Lourie said he expects the sign to go up in the next few weeks.