Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God. Matthew 5:9
Spartanburg County Deputy Austin Aldridge – End of Watch 6-21-2022
It has been a difficult month for law enforcement. On Sunday, June 26, LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs were invited by Project Thank a Cop to spend time with officers and others shaken by the line of duty death of Spartanburg County Deputy Austin Aldridge who was killed on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs Hope (Faith Lutheran - Marietta, Georgia), Lizzie (Trinity - Savannah, Georgia), Seth (Eternal Shepherd - Seneca, South Carolina), and Zoara (Island Lutheran - Hilton Head Island, South Carolina), traveled to be there that day to bring love, support, and comfort.
Deputy Aldridge served with Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office since April 8, 2019. Deputy Aldridge had just learned on June 19 that they were expecting their first child who is due to arrive February, 2023.
Many friends, family and law enforcement spoke at his service. It is clear from all those that spoke what a blessing of love, smiles and kindness Deputy Aldridge was to his family, friends, fellow officers and Spartanburg, SC.
People gravitated to his smile, his thoughtfulness, compassion and his sense of humor. Faith and hope in Jesus were openly and powerfully shared at Deputy Aldridge’s service. His friends described him as having the disposition of a golden retriever, “playful, funny, unwaveringly loyal, and downright goofy at times.”
At the service Sheriff Chuck Wright shared with the law enforcement men and women of Spartan County, “We are not beat. We are going to hold the line. We will not give up.” "We will carry your torch from here. Your torch did not go out Tuesday; it still burns bright," Wright said. "We've got it from here."
We pray for and support the officers and their families as they toll that line to serve and protect us each day.
A Heart of Mercy & Compassion was given for law enforcement, friends and family to sign with messages of love, hope and prayers to give to Deputy Aldridge’s family.