It’s that time of year again!
Our 4th Annual Knight of Honor Gala is just around the corner and as we eagerly count down the days until the gala, we’re taking a few moments to highlight the officers that were nominated for the 4th Annual Officer Gregory Alia Award. Meet our first nominee, Officer Zach Ervin of the Greenville Police Department.
Officer Ervin serves as a School Resource Officer in Greenville and was nominated by a student who shared that “There were a lot of times when I wanted to give up but Zach was always there to help me get better and he helped me gain confidence.”
When is a time when you felt you truly made a difference in someone’s life?: More recently, during the end of the school year and the kids ask us to sign our yearbook. Seeing the smile on their face make you realize that you’ve made a difference more than you realize. You think that you’re not a big part of these children’s lives until they all run up to you at once asking you to sign their yearbook, and you realize that you have the chance to truly make an impact on their lives. Even being on the road helping people by changing a tire or paying for someones gas, I feel like the little things like that can give someone hope and something to look forward to.
What does it mean for you to be able to give back?: It means everything. It’s the whole reason I got into the military. It’s a selfless sacrifice that I do for others not myself. Giving back is the reason for everything I do/have done.
What does Together We Are Better mean to you?: Teamwork makes the dream work. The military taught me that you can only be so strong as an individual, but as a whole were infinitely stronger.
Please join us in celebrating Zach Ervin as one of our finalists for the Officer Gregory Alia Award!
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 27, 2019 in Columbia, SC.