RELEASE: Support Chester County Deputy Seriously Injured in Accident
COLUMBIA, SC: On the morning of August 31, 2019, Deputy Chris Fowler of the Chester County Sheriff’s Department was critically injured in an on-duty crash with a tree truck. Deputy Fowler was extricated from his patrol car by emergency responders and airlifted to a local hospital. In response, Serve & Connect, in partnership with the SC Law Enforcement Officers Association and Chester County Sheriff’s Department, has coordinated a fundraiser to support Deputy Fowler and his family.
While Deputy Fowler is expected to make a full recovery, he was very seriously injured and likely will be out of work for an extended period. This time away from work is expected to significantly impact Deputy Fowler and his family: his wife Katie, their 6-year old son, and 10-month old triplet daughters.
“He is one of those superstars,” Sheriff Max Dorsey shared. “I saw him Friday night while he was working extra duty, and then he went into his regular shift Saturday morning. This incident is likely to result in a serious financial hit for Deputy Fowler and his family. We are so thankful for the support from the community, helping his family during this difficult time.”
The fundraiser is facilitated by Serve & Connect, a nonprofit (501c3) organization focused on igniting positive change through police-community partnerships. Since 2015, Serve & Connect has raised over $480,000 for families of fallen officers in South Carolina. Serve & Connect was founded by Kassy Alia in memory of her late husband, Officer Gregory Alia, who was killed in the line of duty on September 30, 2015. 100% of funds raised will be provided directly to Deputy Fowler and his family. All donations are tax deductible.
About Serve & Connect
Serve & Connect is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that aims to ignite positive change through police-community partnerships. Kassy Alia Ray founded the organization in memory of her late husband, Officer Gregory Alia, who was killed in the line of duty in 2015. Backed by evidence-based practices designed to fuel collaboration, Serve & Connect provides the tools, training and technical assistance necessary for police departments, local organizations, leaders and residents to work together to improve community outcomes.
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