Widow of Fallen Forest Acres Officer Continues Mission of ‘Heroes in Blue’

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) – Since the death of her husband, a Forest Acres police officer, Kassy Alia has been hard at work advocating for families of law enforcement officers.

Her husband, Gregory, was slain on Thursday, September 30, 2015 and just a few months later in March, she was helping lead the charge in raising $190,000 for the family of slain Greenville officer Allen Jacobs.

Now Kassy is coming to the aid of another ‘Hero in Blue.’

Newly-wed, Corporal Jared Smith with the Camden Police Department lost his Columbia home in a recent fire.

Heroes in Blue, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Columbia that focuses on sharing the stories of the caring and courageous acts of service demonstrated by law enforcement officers, is working in conjunction with the Camden Police Department to coordinate donations for Corporal  Smith and his wife, Ashli.

According to a press release, Smith is the son of longtime Camden Police Officer Carl Smith.

A drop-off center for donated items is available at the Camden Police Department located at 816 W Dekalb Street in Camden.

Items particularly need are:

– Gift Cards to stores (Wal-Mart, Target, etc.)

– Everyday household items (toiletries, tupperware, etc.)

– Clothing items

Jared: Shirts (Medium), Pants (30×30), Shoes (Size 10)

Ashli: Shirts (Medium), Pants (Size 10), Scrubs

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help defray the cost of re-establishing their lives.

For more information regarding where to donate and what items are needed, please contact Dena Horten with the Camden Police Department at 803-572-1789.

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