ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Rochester Police Foundation will recognize fundraising efforts to support the family of fallen Rochester Police Department Officer Manny Ortiz.
Through a Gofundme campaign, the Rochester Police Foundation’s general fund and a matching grant, they were able to raise $50,000. An event Tuesday will take place at 1 p.m. on at the Public Safety Building in Rochester to commemorate the fundraising efforts.
Ortiz was killed last November in a car crash after accidentally shooting himself.
A two day fundraiser will take place on Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20 from 11 a.m. through 10 p.m. each day at all four of locations of the Distillery restaurant.
“Officer Manny Ortiz was a positive light in our community and serves it exceptionally well for many years,” Rochester Police Locust Club President Michael Mazzeo said in a statement. “For that reason, we wanted to provide the community with an opportunity to give back to Manny’s loved ones.”