Meet Nominee Patrol Officer James Stone

By September 10, 2018No Comments

Meet Patrol Officer James Stone with the South Congaree Police Department. He’s been in law enforcement for a total of twenty years, four of which were spent in the Air Force. In Patrol Officer Stone’s nomination, it states that he “has taken time to show the community that police are not the bad guy, and has show compassion for people that have been put into horrible situations.” It continues by saying, “he has transported victims who have no transportation to court and has paid for groceries and gas out of his own pocket. He is also a very community minded officer and he goes above and beyond helping members of the community.”

When asked about going above and beyond, and what it means to the ones he is able to help, Patrol Officer Stone spoke about his experience with a family at a gas station. “The family had enough for $4 of gas for their SUV to make it home. The kids in the back were saying they were hungry and the parents were saying they don’t have anything right now.” He asked the parents if he could take the kids into the store to buy some food for them, and he ended up purchasing them a bag of popcorn and some water because that’s what they wanted. “Just to put a smile on someone’s face on that particular day… the handshake you get from them and the tears in the father’s eye. You know they are doing the best they can for their kids. The parents were so thankful.”

On top of his community involvement, Patrol Officer Stone’s nomination states that he has also made “countless felony and misdemeanor drug arrests, which have bettered the community of South Congaree.” He has a passion for narcotics, as he has personally seen what drugs have done to families and to the community. He has a family who has struggled with addiction. Patrol Officer Stone said, “I have a brother who is a heroin and meth junkie. He’s older—you expect to look up to him, but obviously, there is not much there that is going on.” He wants to help people get on the path to getting better, to becoming a productive member of society, and to turning their life around.

Lastly, Patrol Officer Stone told us about what makes him so passionate about his job. “They will say that I’m a go getter, that I have zero tolerance for drugs. But one thing that people don’t know about me is that there is an actual, genuine care that I carry with me all the time.”

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.