Fundraiser to benefit children of fallen officer at the Distillery

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Rochester Police Locust Club and the Rochester Police Department are co-sponsoring a fundraiser to benefit the children of Officer Manny Ortiz.

Ortiz was killed in a car crash last year after accidentally shooting himself. The two-day fundraiser is called “Friends of Manny coming together at the Distillery.”

MORE: $50,000 presented to the family of fallen RPD officer Manny Ortiz

“He’s just a warm, wonderful guy who loved his job, he loved his community and he’s just an integral part of this community as a whole,” Deputy Chief of Community Affairs Mark Mura said.

“Community members are coming up to my officers and asking if there’s anything they can do and that’s just huge.”

MORE: Officer Manuel Ortiz remembered: A cop’s cop, a servant of the community

The fundraiser runs from 11 a.m. through 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at all four local Distillery restaurants.

20% of the total food sales during that time will be donated.

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