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Funeral Wednesday for slain Aiken officer

Aiken Department of Publc Safety
Aiken Public Safety Master Cpl. Sandra Rogers who was slain Saturday while on duty
Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 1:58 PM
Last updated Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 7:48 AM
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Funeral arrangements have been announced for slain Aiken Public Safety Master Cpl. Sandra Rogers.

The funeral will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center, according to the officer’s obituary on the Shellhouse Funeral Home Web site. The Rev. Dr. George K. Howle, of St. John’s United Methodist Church, will officiate.

Burial with honors will follow in Aiken’s Historic Bethany Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her shift co-workers, Teddy Umsted, Mat Braxton, Karl Odenthal, Billy Cameron, Jason Fogle, Carlos Colindres, Jacob Pridgen, Timothy Hawkes, Brenton Russo, Brandon Bethman. Honorary pallbearers will be Aiken Public Safety employees, Ryan Sparling, Howard Venning Morrison, and nationwide Law Enforcement Officers.

There will also be a prayer vigil at 5 p.m. today at Eustis Park in Aiken, where Rogers was shot, Lt. David Turno said.

Rogers was fatally wounded Saturday morning while investigating a suspicious vehicle.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division arrested Joshua Tremaine Jones, 26, in connection with the slaying. Jones has also been charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend earlier Saturday in Augusta. He is being held at the Aiken County jail.

Police work runs deep in Rogers' family. She is the granddaughter of the late city of Aiken Chief of Police, James M. Sprawls, her obituary said.

Memorials may be directed to St. John’s United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. NW., USCA Lucile and Maldon Sprawls Nursing Scholorship Fund, 471 University Parkway in Aiken.

The family will also receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Shellhouse Funeral Home at 924 Hayne Ave. in Aiken.

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bettyj
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bettyj 01/29/12 - 04:15 pm
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PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY GO OUT

PRAYERS AND SYMPATHY GO OUT TO HER FAMILY. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE.

GeezeLouise
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GeezeLouise 01/29/12 - 05:19 pm
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Well this is a horrible
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Well this is a horrible tragedy anyway you look at and prayers go out to her family and friends.. but I am curious why we don't see the same level of sympathy for the young lady who was murdered by this same dirtbag in Augusta. Is her life not of as much value because she was not a law enforcement officer? It seems that the media is forgetting that there are two murder vistims in this case.

reba530
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reba530 01/29/12 - 05:59 pm
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This is so sad. Never should
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This is so sad. Never should have happened. God bless her family

Chillen
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Chillen 01/29/12 - 06:39 pm
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First of all, I extend a wish

First of all, I extend a wish of sympathy to the family of this police office.

Second, I would like to say that this seems to becoming more & more common. Someone needs to step outside the political correctness box and look at the root of the evil behind what is happening to police officers nationally.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 01/29/12 - 07:25 pm
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Folks, I've said in the

Folks, I've said in the paper's comment section before that I do not own a gun....nothing against people who do own them, btw. I just have always been leery of getting one. But, in less than a year, besides all the "civilians" who have been murdered, we have had 3 of our finest gunned down in the line of duty. They are here to protect and serve us, and their lives apparently mean nothing to these cretins who are roaming our streets and living in our neighborhoods! I am seriously thinking of getting a pistol, and being properly trained in how to use it and store it. I feel that it's just a matter of time before the "criminal element" decides to invade and interfere with my life and that of my family. I choose not to let that happen...at least not without resistance on my part. I refuse to let them have that power over me or my family. I pray for all the families involved in this incident, as well as the families of those who have died before them....I know this just brings back all those painful memories.

thewayitis
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thewayitis 01/29/12 - 08:26 pm
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My prayers go out to Master

My prayers go out to Master Cpl. Rogers' family. This type of incident is becoming much too common in our area. There are criminal elements out there who seem to yearn to be 1%ers. That is gang slang for criminals who have killed a cop. There are also those who reap the benefits of living is a society that would be much more dangerous if people like Master Cpl. Rogers were not willing to perform the job at hand and make the ultimate sacrifice. Some of these citizens, many of whom are very wealthy, denigrate law enforcement as "less than" because we do not fall in line with their mindset, which amounts to chasing the almighty dollar. Being a police officer is a dangerous job with relatively low pay. The screening process to become one is much more rigorous than most professions, including most high dollar jobs. It is not a mystery as to why there is a shortage of officers. There are plenty of applicants willing to fill the open positions, they are simply not qualified and none of the agenices around here are going to allow individuals in their ranks whose backgrounds indicate they may be a danger to the public and an embarassment to their agencies and the public. That is the purpose for the full field background investigation as it relates to law enforcement employment. IA/Ofc of Professional Standards conducts typical criminal and traffic checks. Then the polygraph's purpose is to identify "crimes as of yet undiscovered." Next time you hear some well to do person denigrate the law enforcement profession, please ask him or her what this world would be without these fine professionals. Then ask him or her if they would have the guts to do it themselves. Think of a world in which public safety personnel did not do their jobs. Where would these people who see no use for a cop be? They would be at the mercy of the wolves.

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augusta citizen 01/29/12 - 08:41 pm
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Such sad thoughts about the 3

Such sad thoughts about the 3 local Law Enforcement Officers who have recently paid the ultimate price in the line of duty. I will pray for the family of this fine lady, Sandy Rogers. I heard about this yesterday, first from a friend who graduated high school with her. I pray that in the midst of their grieving, her family will be uplifted by her many accomplishments. May the good and gracious Lord bring healing and comfort to them.

I will also pray for the family of the other victim, a young lady in the prime of her life and pregnant. Needlessly killed at a time that should have been one of the happiest of her life.

I would be permanently banned from posting if I said what I think about the suspect, so will simply say that I hope justice will be served, quickly and permanently.

By the way, Just My Opinion, I think you would be well served to purchase a gun and be trained in using it. I don't see things getting better, unfortunately, I think they will be getting much worse.

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sctrooper77 01/29/12 - 08:55 pm
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Matthew 5:9 God bless and

Matthew 5:9
God bless and comfort Cpl. Rogers family, friends and co-workers. What a tragedy!
RIP Cpl. Rogers...Heaven awaits you....

pjd8856
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pjd8856 01/30/12 - 12:40 pm
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Things are only going to get

Things are only going to get worse because we have a warped judicial system. Young kids in today's society have no remorse or value for life. Everyone wants to poing the fingers at the television and rap music and whatever else they can make up excuses for. They also want to point the finger at the parents but we as parents nowadays have only so much control over our children because the judicial system has taken all of the discipline away from the parents and the schools. I'm not saying we should beat our children but if parents were able to whip their children and make them obey without the interference of our judicial system then i believe we would have less crime like this. Parents that were born back in the 50's and 60's and some 70's, think about how you were disciplined and how your parents didn't beat you but they made you obey and taught you right from wrong. We should have more corporal punishment back in the homes and back in the schools today and I really believe we would have better children. I would never tell anyone to beat their children but put a belt across their back side once and a while and get their attention then maybe we wouldn't have kids out on the streets killing others and robbing others. Children nowadays just don't have any respect and don't care about other people. I'm not saying all children are this way but a lot of them are. It doesn't have anything to do with if your poor, or listen to rap music or watch violence on tv, it has to do with the discipline in the home and thanks to our judicial system, we have no discipline in the homes anymore so start pointing the finger at some of them. There is no reason for a child or an adult to take a life of someone else or themselves. Nothing is this world is that tragic to kill yourself or someone else over. Life is precious and everyone should live it to the fullest without all the killings, rapes, robberies, assaults, etc.........

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