An intersection in a Richland County town is now named after a police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty nearby.
Forest Acres police officer Greg Alia was killed responding to a call at the Richland Mall on Sept. 30, 2015.
His widow, a tearful Kassy Alia said she is grateful for the community’s support over the past year. “There have been so many beautiful demonstrations of love that really help mend your heart, she said during Thursday’s dedication ceremony. “Thank you.”
Many were on hand Thursday morning for the unveiling of a new sign that will stand at the intersection of Forest Drive and Beltline Boulevard in Forest Acres. Those in attendance included family members, lawmakers and law enforcement officers from the local and state level.
Forest Acres Police said Greg Alia encountered Jarvis Hall while responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle at the mall. Investigators said Hall, Alia and a second officer got into a struggle before Hall pulled out a gun and fatally shot Alia. Hall was later arrested and remains in jail a year later while awaiting trial.
Kassy said the sign will let Greg’s memory endure. “To talk about Greg and his legacy and what he left and to have his legacy live on,” she said at the ceremony.