The San Diego Police Officers Association’s Widow and Orphans Fund received a major donation Monday from the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians.
The Viejas Tribe donated $50,000 to the fund which will be used to support the families of fallen police officers with the financial burden that comes when officers' lives are cut short in the line of duty.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman and San Diego Police Officers Association President Brian Marvel accepted the donation presented by Viejas Chairman Robert Welch, Jr. on behalf of the tribe.
“It is our hope that this donation will help support the Widows & Orphans Fund in their mission of healing, and that it will also serve to encourage other organizations within our great city to follow suit in contributing to the San Diego Police Officers Association,” Chariman Welch said in a statement.
The fund provides support for families in different ways, including payment of health insurance.