Kind-hearted individuals in New York City are donating money to help the family of slain NYPD Officer Jason Rivera, 22.
Rivera was shot and killed as he and his partner responded to a domestic violence call on W. 135th St. Friday.
According to reports, so far the fundraising effort already produced $25,000.
Sources said the NY Police and Fire Widows’ & Children’s Benefit Fund, which provides financial assistance to families of firefighters and police officers who died in the line of duty, will be giving the money to Rivera’s wife next week.
To further help the Rivera family financially, the Widows’ & Children’s fund also plans to put together a fundraiser so Rivera’s wife can receive a yearly stipend from the fund for life.
Stephen Dannhauser, Board Chair of the Fund, which is also known as Answer the Call said the stipends average about $11,000 a year.
“We send our deepest condolences to the family of Officer Rivera, as well as the entire NYPD Community.” Dannhauser said.
“Answer the Call vows to honor our fallen heroes by helping those they loved the most – their families. We are also keeping Officer Mora in our prayers. May we never forget the dangers our first responders face each time they report to work and may we always remember and honor those heroes who don’t make it home,” Dannhauser added.
Those interested to donate funds for the cop’s family can visit www.answerthecall.org.