An Upstate restaurateur will gift a portion of his sales to the family of a fallen Spartanburg police officer.
Firehouse Subs franchisee Omar Ghorbani said he will donate 10 percent of his sales on Wednesday, April 19, at his stores in Spartanburg County will go to the family of Jason Gregory Harris.
Participating Firehouse Subs locations are at 159 N. Pine St. and 127 E. Blackstock Road in Spartanburg, 3605 Highway 9 in Boiling Springs, and 1634 Highway 290 in Duncan.
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has also promised to donate needed equipment to the Spartanburg Police Department through its Fallen Heroes Fund.
Harris, 39, who was part of the city’s motorcycle unit, was seriously injured Tuesday night when he struck a car turning into a driveway on Union Street while responding to a burglary call on Cedar Springs Road.
He died of his injuries on Thursday, April 13, leaving behind a wife and three children.
“Officer Harris is a hero,” Ghorbani said. “We consider him to be part of our family. We are deeply saddened by his loss and believe it’s our duty to step up and do something to help support his wife and children.”
Harris spent almost 12 years with the department and, in addition to its motorcycle patrol, served on its SWAT team, K-9 Tracking team, downtown bicycle unit, housing complex team and was a gang investigator.
“We are in mourning,” Spartanburg Mayor Junie White said in a statement. “This is a sad time for the citizens of Spartanburg, a sad time for the entire city of Spartanburg team, and a sad time for the law enforcement community, as we all deal with the death of Master Police Officer Jason Harris. As we mourn his passing, we also are reminded of the job our law enforcement officers do for us. They face dangers and risk their lives every day. Tragically, MPO Harris gave his life protecting the citizens of our community, and we will forever remember and honor him for that ultimate sacrifice… MPO Harris was a dedicated law enforcement officer, a man of compassion, and a beloved husband and father of three. Our thoughts and prayers are with MPO Harris’ entire family, and with all City of Spartanburg public safety officers and staff as they mourn their colleague’s death.”
Visitation for Harris is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at First Baptist Spartanburg. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Weds., April 19.
Internment will be held after the funeral at Wood Memorial Park at 863 Gap Creek Road in Greer.