$10M raised to help families of 5 officers slain in Dallas
DALLAS (AP) — About $10 million has been raised in private donations to assist the families of five police officers killed last summer by a sniper in Dallas, fund organizers announced Tuesday.
Mayor Mike Rawlings and leaders of two foundations, in a Dallas City Hall news conference, said the donated money will also be used to help nine officers injured in the July 7 attack.
“We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to the officers who lost or risked their lives to keep us safe,” said Rawlings. “Out of one of the darkest days in our city’s history, we have seen an incredible outpouring of love and support from organizations and individuals all over the world.”
Gunfire broke out during a downtown Dallas demonstration against police shootings nationwide. Four Dallas officers and a Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer were fatally shot before the sniper was killed by police.
The Assist the Officer Foundation and The Dallas Foundation helped create trusts for the families of Dallas police Sgt. Michael Smith, Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, Officer Michael Krol and Officer Patricio Zamarripa, plus DART Officer Brent Thompson.
Donations ranged from $5 to more than $250,000, according to a city statement. More than 6,000 contributions were received.
The Assist the Officer Foundation provides financial assistance to officers who are facing the loss of income due to a serious injury, life-threatening illness or other catastrophic event. The Dallas Foundation provides donors with flexible means of making gifts and bequests.
Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com