Staff photo by Teddy Kulmal | Master Cpl. Sandy Rogers life partner, Frances Williams, gazes at a photo of Rogers hanging on the wall in Williams office at the USC Aiken police department. Also adorning the wall are photos of Aiken Master Public Safety Officer Scotty Richardson and Richmond County deputy J.D. Paugh.
Sandy Rogers life partner, Frances Williams, gazes at a photo of Rogers hanging on the wall in Williams office at the USC Aiken police department.
waits each day for something she
knows will never come.
Hanging behind her on a wall in the USC Aiken police department, where she is an officer, is a photo of Master Cpl.
Frances Williams has worked at USC Aiken for several years.
relationship with Rogers created problems at Aiken Public Safety while they both worked there, so she
left for the Department of Juvenile Justice and then Aiken Technical College before coming to her
The morning of Jan. 28, 2012, Rogers and Williams decided not to have breakfast together, so Rogers came to USC Aiken so they could talk about having lunch.
was listening to radio traffic and heard Rogers tell dispatch shed arrived at the scene.
Then: Shots fired.
was first to the scene years ago when Rogers was fighting for her
life on Richland Avenue, and on this day, she
I didnt know it was her
I kept hearing other people talk.
I got out the car, and one of the officers there said, Frances
, you dont want to go over there.
And I did.
A lot of time
Its often said that time heals all wounds.
said thats not the case.
Were talking about 27 years, she
Its gonna take a lot of time.
A lot of time.
has good memories of her and Rogers to hold onto, including watching University of Tennessee womens basketball and the Atlanta Braves.
Some days, its easier for Williams to get up and come to work at the same place she last saw her partner of 27 years.
Other days, she
said, its hard.
Three years, she