$10 million raised to honor officers and families affected by July 7 events
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and representatives from the Assist the Officer Foundation and The Dallas Foundation announced that $10 million was raised for the wounded officers and families of the fallen officers from the July 7, 2016 ambush.
Trusts have been created for the families of Dallas Police Department Sergeant Michael Smith, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Officer Michael Krol, Officer Patricio Zamarripa, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson. The trusts will provide for their family members’ health, education and other support.
“We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to the officers who lost or risked their lives to keep us safe,” said Dallas Mayor Mike 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. We are so honored by the amount of people who have stepped forward to properly assist our fallen and injured officers.”
From t-shirt sales and fundraisers to lemonade stands, people across the world felt compelled to show their support for these families. The donations came from individuals from every state in the U.S. and all over the world, including Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, and Australia. Donations ranged from $5 to more than $250,000.
The gratitude felt by the members of the Dallas Police Department is incredible. During the time of tragedy for our city, the world stood tall and embraced Dallas with love, kindness and generosity. We are forever grateful.