Posted on March 29, 2013 at 5:39 AM
Friday, Mar 29 at 9:04 AM
AUSTIN -- The families of fallen and injured Austin police officers are getting a show of support on Friday.
An annual Good Friday fundraiser kicks off at 11:00 a.m. at McDonald’s restaurants across the greater Austin area.
Department leaders including Chief Art Acevedo will visit McDonald’s locations to help raise money for those families. The chief has expressed support for programs and projects that benefit the sacrifices of first responders.
“It's a no brainer for us,” explained Chief Acevedo. “To not do it, I think, would be a neglect of duty on our part.”
It is the sixth year for the annual fundraiser. A percentage of the sales will go toward several local 100 Clubs.
Last year, the event raised more than $14,000. The 100 Clubs then went and used the donations to help pay for financial, legal and emotional support for the families of those fallen and injured officers.
“I always say that the message that we send, the way that we respond to a tragedy like that, sends a very powerful message. It can be very positive or negative to our work force, and this sends a message that those sacrifices are honored, those sacrifices are remembered and that memory is carried forward,” said Chief Acevedo.
Sixty-eight McDonald’s restaurants are participating in Friday’s fundraising event. It lasts from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.