BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The effort to raise funds for the families of the officers who were killed or wounded during the ambush attack has seen an overwhelming amount of support. One organization has raised over half a million dollars and the donations continue to grow.
The East Baton Rouge First Responders Fund was created as a way to help survivors and the families of the deceased recover both financially and physically. As of Wednesday, August 10, the organization has raised $645,000.
The fund is designed to assist those currently in need and those who will need assistance in the future.
Several different donation events contributed the total. For example, more than 100 area restaurants donated 25% or more of their sales on July 25 to the families of the fallen officers.
To donate to the fund, text the word "BLUE" to 99009 for a link. You can also donate to the account at any area Capital One Bank locations. Donations can be made under the Baton Rouge Union of Police Fallen Heroes Fund.
In addition to the primary fundraising account, the Baton Rouge Police Department both established accounts for the officers killed and wounded in the attacks.
Donation accounts for Baton Rouge Police Officers Cpl. Montrell Jackson and Officer Matthew Gerald were established at all Capitol One Bank locations. Officials say those accounts have generated roughly $160,000 so far.
The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and BRPD wanted to make sure there is a safe way for citizens to donate funds to the families of the fallen officers. People can donate at www.protectourprotectors.com. The site was started by the FOP and is the only one in communications with BRPD.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office is also taking donations for the deputies wounded in the attack, as well as for Deputy Brad Garafola, who was killed.
Cpl. Nicholas Tullier with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office was shot three times and has remained in the hospital in critical condition since the day of the shooting. He has undergone multiple surgeries. Several fundraiser events have been held to help raise money to pay for the mounting medical bills.
Tullier's family has also set up a Facebook page where they are updating the public on Nick's condition. That page is called Nick Tullier Strong.
Sgt. Bruce Simmons was the second deputy wounded from the attack. He was released from the hospital Thursday, July 21 after undergoing a couple surgeries to repair damage to his shoulder.
Donations can be made payable to EBRSO "Name of the Fund" and mailed to P.O. Box 3277, Attn: Finance Office, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.
- Deputy Brad Garafola Memorial Fund
- Corporal Nicholas Tullier First Responder Fund
- Sergeant Bruce Simmons First Responder Fund
- Blue Movement 2016: The event will be held at Pat's Home Center, 9835 Sullivan Rd. on Sunday, August 14 beginning at 11 a.m. There will be a workout of the day, bench press competition, pull ups competition, and air assault bike competition. There will also be food, music and bounce houses for the kids. All money raised will be donated to the fallen officers fund.
- Sonic Fundraiser: 30% of sales on Tuesday, August 16 will benefit Deputy Nick Tullier. The Sonic location in Central is the only participating location and it will only include the sales from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Benefit Concert for the Fallen: The First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge, 763 North Blvd, is hosting a benefit concert on Tuesday, August 23, at 7 p.m. The Foto Sisters will perform at the concert. The money raised will benefit the fallen Baton Rouge police officers. They will also take donations.
ITEMS FOR PURCHASE:
- Images Silkscreens and Embroidery, 9170 South Choctaw Dr., will be selling t-shirts to benefit critically wounded deputy Nick Tullier. The shirts cost $15.00.
- ChewOverThis.com has created t-shirts to help support the families of the victims. The site is offering men’s and women’s shirts emblazoned with “Support Baton Rouge” and an image of a badge with a heart inside. The site says part of the proceeds will be donated to the victims’ families.
- Geaux Logo Promotions on 5800 One Perkins Place, Suite 4 is selling blue bracelets to support the fallen officers. The bracelets are $2 each and the organization says 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the families of the officers.