(Las Vegas,NV)- When it comes to supporting our local officers, the Las Vegas community has proven they’re here to help. Since the tragic news of the ambush that killed Officer Alyn Beck and Officer Igor Soldo, as well as citizen Joseph Wilcox, the community has sprung into action.
From car washes and hair cuts to cupcake drives, Las Vegas residents have opened up their hearts and their wallets. To date, the Injured Police Officers Fund has raised 250-thousand dollars. IPOF president Richard Golgart calls the support overwhelming and believes the community understands what the Beck and Soldo families may face financially.
“Both of the officers were young in their careers so the amount of money in their retirement funds wasn’t very much. They are going to need money to sustain themselves and to help support their families,” explained Golgart.
Officer Beck leaves behind a wife and three young children. Officer Soldo leaves behind a wife and baby boy.
“There are going to be expenses that are incurred from here on out for them, and we want to make sure that we are here to support that,” added Golgart.
The fundraising isn’t over. Events are planned throughout the week, weekend and even into July. One hundred percent of the money raised for the Injured Police Officers Fund will be split evenly between the two families.
Fundraising events have also taken place for the family of Joseph Wilcox, the Wal-mart customer who tried to stop the shooters in Sunday’s attack. The Las Vegas community has made sure his family also has financial and emotional support.