About the Officer Gregory Alia Award
Serve & Connect was founded by Kassy Alia in memory of her husband, Greg Alia, who was killed in the line of duty on September 30th, 2015. This prestigious annual award is named in his honor and recognizes an outstanding officer who demonstrates a commitment to serve his/her community with respect and compassion; one who goes above the call of duty to ensure that members of the community are protected, cared for, and feel valued; one who treats all members of the community as equal and who employed their role with thoughtfulness and tact; and who through everyday interactions builds a safer community for all. The award is presented at our annual event, the Knight of Honor Gala, which will be held on September 28, 2018 in Columbia, SC.
Deputy Deon Hardy
Meet Deputy Deon Hardy of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department! Deputy Hardy has been nominated for this year’s Officer Gregory Alia Award because of his unparalleled dedication and service to the community that he serves.
Described as a humble man and a passionate public servant, Deputy Hardy doesn’t view himself as a hero. He’s been in law enforcement for 4 years, and says he joined to help people and to make a difference. When asked about a time when he felt he made a difference, he shared, “Honestly, hopefully I have. I’m not sure I’ve done that yet. I hope I have, but I’m not sure I have yet.”
His colleagues disagree. One colleague shared a recent interaction in which Deputy Hardy helped a woman in need. He responded to a call and found a woman who had been abused and homeless. Deputy Hardy tried to find her housing at a shelter, but all of the shelters were full. “Undaunted,” the nomination letter described, “Deputy Hardy not only escorted the woman to a safe hotel nearby but also paid for her room out of his own pocket. This is but one example of the action that Deputy Hardy regularly takes on behalf of the community that he serves.”
We asked Deputy Hardy about this interaction and he said, “You just help someone in their time of need. I had the money and paid for her hotel room.”
Just as simple as that.
Please join us in celebrating Deputy Deon Hardy!