Greer PD Softball Tournament
August 20, 2014
Greer PD to host softball tournament
in memory of fallen colleagues
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, job-related deaths of law enforcement officers jumped 31% during the first half of 2014 compared to the same 2013 time period. That amounts to one law enforcement professional killed in the line of duty every 58 hours.
After the tragic death of Laurens County Sherriff’s Deputy Roger Rice in 2011, two police officers from the City of Greer organized the Upstate S.C. Law Enforcement Memorial Softball Tournament to generate funds for the Rice family. In 2012, the Tournament partnered with Gallagher’s Army Fallen Officers Fund in order to help care for the family of any Upstate Law Enforcement Officer killed in the line of duty.
“Our families are aware of the fundamental risks associated with our jobs, but no one is ever prepared for the worst. We hope that the funds provided give them time to grieve and begin healing without worrying about how they can afford insurance premiums, dentist bills, or groceries. They support and encourage us to keep communities safe for all families. If a tragedy occurs, we cannot lose sight of what they have given,” Corporal Kara Blackwell of the Greer Police Department said.
This weekend (Aug 23-24) friendly rivalries will play out on the diamonds at Century Park in Greer, where family and neighbors from the Upstate communities can enjoy a carnival atmosphere. In what will be the biggest tournament yet, teams from the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville County Detention Officers, Fountain Inn Police, Simpsonville Police, Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Greer Fire Department and two teams from the Greenville City Police will join the Greer Police Department team.
An opening ceremony honoring Upstate law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty will begin with a prayer led by pastor and police sergeant Michael Decker at 9:40 a.m. Saturday before the first pitch is tossed. Portions of food and entertainment sales will be graciously donated to the S.C. Fallen Officers Fund by our Grand Slam vendors: Cool Mama’s Ice Cream, Awesome Inflatables, Fuddruckers, and Blue Line Realty.
The annual tournament supports the Upstate S.C. Law Enforcement Fallen Officers Fund's mission is to honor fallen officers and the legacy they left behind.
"We believe that policing Is a partnership, which is why we invite the Upstate community out for a great day of family-friendly fun," Cpl. Blackwell said. "If you live in the counties of Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Pickens, Cherokee, Oconee, Union, Laurens, Greenwood, or Abbeville, come on out!"