Lake Havasu City, Arizona and the surrounding Tri-State area, including California and Nevada, is home to retired law enforcement officers from all around the United States. When retired San Bernardino County Sheriff’s sergeant and local resident, Mike Fassari, was asked to coordinate a fundraiser for fallen officers Jeremiah MacKay and Michael Crain, he jumped at the chance.
MacKay and Crain were killed last month by former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner. MacKay worked for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Crain was an officer with the city of Riverside Police Department.
“Deputy Pat McMullen asked me to set it up,” says Fassari. “He is coordinating with S.E.A.T. [Sheriff’s Employees Assistance Team] and getting the bagpipes. The owners of College Street Brewhouse & Pub are friends of mine. They jumped at the chance to help out.”
The fundraiser will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, at the College Street Brewhouse & Pub, 1940 College Drive in Lake Havasu City on the Arizona side of the river beginning at 4 p.m. Arizona time. The pub agreed to donate proceeds from the 4 p.m. round of drinks to the families of Deputy MacKay and Officer Crain. Donation jars will be in place for those who would like to contribute more.
Both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties stretch all the way to the Arizona state line. Employees stationed out in those remote areas often are not able to participate in department-related activities due to the distance and time constraints. "Deputies at the Colorado River Station always feel like they are 'too far away' (from most of what's going on in San Bernardino County) and at times 'out of the loop,’” Fasarri continued.
“When I put the word out that we were considering a fund raiser, the response was phenomenal. Us 'retired guys' may not hit the streets anymore but events like the tragic manhunt that took the lives of Officer Crain and Deputy MacKay make us wish we could. This event will allow us to make a small contribution to help the families of those brave officers."
For more information, the event can be found on Facebook.
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