Blue ribbons at Carolina Pines

on Tuesday, 20 November 2018. Posted in Local News, Features

Blue ribbons at Carolina Pines

The recent tragic deaths of two of the seven police officers involved in a mass shooting in nearby Florence, strongly affected the residents of the Pee Dee area.

Tameka Ashley, a Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center employee felt compelled to honor the officers by creating blue ribbons which she has given out at the hospital to staff and visitors the Carolina Café cafeteria.

Ashley, a resident of Darlington, has given out more than 1,000 blue ribbons in the past two weeks. “It hurt my heart so much - I just felt I had to do something,” she said. “I started with just a few hundred and couldn’t keep up with the requests.”

Florence Police Sgt. Terrance Carraway was killed on the scene of the ambush on October 3, and Florence County Sheriff’s Inv. Farrah Turner passed away from her injuries on October 22.

Ashley has worked at Carolina Pines for over four years as part of the dynamic cafeteria team that is popular with staff and the community. “It makes me feel good to see everyone wearing them... I hope they continue to wear them. We need to support our men and women in blue.”