IMPACT
07/18/2016 02:20 pm ET Updated Dec 19, 2016

How To Help The Families Of The Slain Officers In Baton Rouge

The fundraisers will help support the surviving family members of the three deceased officers.

Support is pouring in after an attack on police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday left three officers dead and three injured.

The shooting comes less than two weeks after Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge, and five police officers were shot and killed in Dallas.

Donors have come together to help the families of the slain policemen, BRPD officers Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald, and Brad Garafola. 

“These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one,” said President Barack Obama in a statement. “The officers in Baton Rouge...were part of our community, part of our country, with people who loved them and needed them, and who need us now ― all of us ― to be at our best.” 

Here’s how you can help. 

 

1. Support The Families Of The Three Slain Officers

A police officer is embraced after a vigil for the fatal attack on Baton Rouge policemen, at a church in Louisiana, July 17,
Jeffrey Dubinsky / Reuters
A police officer is embraced after a vigil for the fatal attack on Baton Rouge policemen, at a church in Louisiana, July 17, 2016.

Nonprofit Planting Peace, a group that works on humanitarian aid and environmental initiatives, has started a CrowdRise campaign to support the families of the three police officers who were killed and the officers who were wounded on Sunday. 

“While there is no way to make any of this right for the families of our fallen and injured officers, we want to do what we can to help them,” the page reads.

To support the families of the fallen and injured officers, donate here.

2. Help The Family Of Officer Montrell Jackson

BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 25: Signs and photos are displayed during the funeral of Baton Rouge police corporal Montrell Jackson
Pool via Getty Images
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 25: Signs and photos are displayed during the funeral of Baton Rouge police corporal Montrell Jackson at the Living Faith Christian Center - July 25, 2016 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

A GoFundMe page was started in honor of 32-year-old BRPD officer Montrell Jackson who leaves behind a wife and infant son, according to the page. All funds will go directly to Jackson’s family.

“Montrell was a highly regarded police officer, and most importantly, a beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend,” the page reads. “Words cannot describe the devastation that we feel right now. Rest in peace, Montrell, you will always be our hero.”

To support the family of officer Montrell Jackson, donate here.

 

3. Contribute To The Family Of Officer Brad Garafola 

GoFundMe

A GoFundMe page was started to support the family of slain Brad Garafola, 45, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Deputy. He’s survived by his wife and four children, ages 21, 15, 12 and 7, according to The Advocate. All funds will go to Garafola’s family.

“Everybody on this street depended on him,” Garafola’s wife Tonja told The Advocate. “He loved us so much. He was always bragging about his family. He didn’t deserve this.”

To support the family of officer Brad Garafola, donate here.

 

4. Support The Family Of Officer Matthew Gerald  

Dechia Gerald, wife of slain officer Matthew Gerald, holds her two daughters at a vigil in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July
Jonathan Bachman / Reuters
Dechia Gerald, wife of slain officer Matthew Gerald, holds her two daughters at a vigil in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. July 18, 2016.

A GoFundMe page was established in honor of slain officer Matthew Gerald, 41. The funds raised will go to support Gerald’s family. 

Gerald leaves behind a wife and two children, according to the Washington Post. Before joining the police force, Gerald served in the Marines and the Army.

“We did our time in the military, and when that time was up, you just can’t turn off that want to serve the people,” Ryan Cabral, who served with Gerald in Iraq, told the news outlet. “Today he did his final service by giving his life to protect the citizens of Baton Rouge and his fellow brothers and sisters in uniform.”

To support the family of officer Matthew Gerald, donate here.

HuffPost

BEFORE YOU GO

PHOTO GALLERY
The Most Heartwarming Thank You Notes To The Police
CONVERSATIONS