Rapid Valley, SD
Law enforcement and the community in Rapid City are coming together to help a fellow officer who lost his home to a fire.
Rapid City Police Officer Brian Fletcher lost his Rapid Valley home on Thursday afternoon. Fire officials say the garage and home have extensive damage.
"When our officers found out that this had happened, they immediately sprung into action and started a GoFundMe page," RCPD assistant chief Don Hedrick said.
"Fraternal Order of Police stepped in to try and ensure the public that the funds would go to Officer Fletcher and his needs and give them one area they could go to and was legitimate," Vice President of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 2, Chris Hislip said.
You can also come to the public safety building to donate.
"They can come to the third floor of the public safety building, in our criminal investigations division, and make those donations, or small donations like toiletry or clothing items," Hislip said.
Neighbor Christopher Sorenson was home during the fire.
"In between the garage and the house was just flames, and the porch was going up," Sorenson said. "There were no lives lost and it was a good situation in the end."
Officials are just happy to see the community coming together to help.
"The goal was just a starting point, the need is so much greater, and we are very thankful for the generosity and support for our first responders by the public," Hislip said.
If you would like to donate bigger items, email LODGE2EVENTS@gmail.com.
We've also provided a link to the GoFundMe page
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