SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) — The funeral for fallen Spartanburg Police Officer Jason Harris will be held at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Spartanburg.
As soon as the funeral ends, there will be a procession down Highway 29 from the church to Wood Memorial Park in Greer. Click here to see a map of the route.
The graveside service will be private.
Officer Harris died Thursday after he was thrown from his police motorcycle in an accident.
The Spartanburg Police Department said in a statement that he was responding to help officers at the scene of a burglary.
Officer Harris had served with the department for more than 11 years. He was in the motorcycle unit, but had also served on the department’s SWAT team, K-9 Tracking Team, Downtown Bicycle Unit, Housing Complex Team and was a gang investigator.
He is survived by a wife and three children.
Remembering Spartanburg Police officer Jason Harris
Members of the Spartanburg Police Department
All Law Enforcement Agencies
A POLICE OFFICER’S PRAYER
Lord I ask for courage
Courage to face and
conquer my own fears…
Courage to take me
where others will not go…
I ask for strength
Strength of body to protect others
and strength of spirit to lead others…
I ask for dedication
Dedication to my job, to do it well
Dedication to my community
to keep it safe…
Give me Lord, concern
for others who trust me
And compassion for those who need me…
And please Lord
Through it all be at my side…
The J. F. Floyd Mortuary
A Service to Celebrate the Life
Master Police Officer
Jason Gregory Harris
May 10, 1977 – April 13, 2017
First Baptist Church of Spartanburg
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Eleven o’clock in the Morning
Police Officer’s Prayer to St. Michael
Saint Michael, heaven’s glorious commissioner of police,
who once so neatly and successfully cleared God’s premises
of all its undesirables, look with kindly and professional
eyes on your earthly force.
Give us cool heads, stout hearts, and uncanny flair
for investigation and wise judgement.
Make us the terror of burglars, the friend of children and
law-abiding citizens, kind to strangers, polite to bores,
strict with law-breakers and impervious to temptations.
You know, Saint Michael, from your own experiences
with the devil that the police officer’s lot on earth is not
always a happy one; but your sense of duty that so
pleased God, your hard knocks that so surprised the
devil, and your angelic self-control give us inspiration.
And when we lay down our night sticks, enroll us in your
heavenly force, where we will be as proud to guard
the throne of God as we have been to guard
the city of all the people.
The Order of Worship
Prelude – Mrs. Teresa Holliday, Mr. Charlie Miller
Family Processional – “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah”
Greeting, Comments & Prayer – Rev. Sam Davis, Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC
Instrumental Interlude – “Great is Thy Faithfulness”
Reflections Chief Alonzo Thompson, Major Art Littlejohn
Scripture & Comments – Rev. William Pate, Pastor Emeritus, Tucapau Baptist Church, Startex, South Carolina
“God Bless America” – Rev. Seth Buckley, Minister to Students, First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC
Benediction – Rev. Davis
Recessional – “God of Our Fathers”
Interment with full Police Honors
Wood Memorial Park
863 Gap Creek Road
Greer, SC 29651