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Sea of Blue Lake County Chapter to sell t-shirts to raise money for family of Mentor officer killed

Posted at 8:30 PM, Jun 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-24 20:30:33-04

Just hours after a Mentor police officer was killed in the line of duty condolences for the family of the officer and the Mentor Police Department rolled in. 

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Area police and fire departments and community members delivered flowers and food to the police headquarters as a sign of respect and honor.

A table inside Mentor Police Department’s lobby is starting to fill up with food and flowers for its fallen officer. A steady stream of community members stopping by this evening to show support. @WEWS

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- Mike Brookbank (@brookbanktvJune 24th, 2018 

For more than an hour on Sunday morning, volunteers with the Sea of Blue Lake County Chapter tied blue ribbons to the trees and poles surrounding the department.

"It's just devastating, yet again another senseless tragedy," president of the Sea of Blue Lake County Chapter, Terri Pekarcik. "I just feel so bad for everyone at the department and the family." 

Pekarcik said the group is already planning to hold a t-shirt fundraiser for the family of the officer who died. All of the money raised will be donated to the family for any expenses they may be facing.

"I think it's a great way to support the family because they're going to be going through a lot," Pekarcik said.

As of Sunday evening, the t-shirt layout is still being designed by the group. They plan to release more information about the fundraiser on Monday, June 25.