On the morning of July 1, 2020, Deputy Mike Costanzo stopped on Interstate 526 westbound on the Don Holt Bridge to assist a tow truck driver and a disabled motorist. A westbound vehicle struck Deputy Costanzo’s marked patrol vehicle, which then struck other vehicles on scene. Both Deputy Costanzo and the tow truck driver were outside their vehicles. Deputy Costanzo sustained serious injuries and remains in critical condition. Investigators are still working to determine the tow truck driver's whereabouts.
This fundraiser is established to support Deputy Costanzo and his family during his recovery.
Deputy Costanzo worked for the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office between 1994 and 2006 and then returned in April 2017. He has served as a much-loved SRO at Sullivan’s Island Elementary during the school year and was assigned to the Marine Patrol Unit this summer.
“Mike is admired for his willingness to help citizens and co-workers, as he selflessly gives so much of his time to others,” shared Captain Roger Antonio. “He is especially close to the students and staff at Sullivan’s Island Elementary School where he serves as a School Resource Officer.”
The fundraiser is facilitated by Serve & Connect, a nonprofit (501c3) organization focused on igniting positive change through police-community partnerships. Since 2015, Serve & Connect has raised more than $500,000 for families of fallen officers in South Carolina. Serve & Connect was founded by Kassy Alia Ray in memory of her late husband, Officer Gregory Alia, who was killed in the line of duty on September 30, 2015. This fundraiser is endorsed by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Association, the South Carolina Sheriff's Association, South Carolina Police Chief's Association, South Carolina Fraternal Order of Police, and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office. 100% of funds raised will be provided directly to support Deputy Costanzo during his recovery. All donations are tax deductible.