To all who stopped by the fundraiser for Officer Alex Garcia, Deputy Chief Tom Lawrence of the Northeast Patrol Division says, “Thank you.” You raised more than $11,000 to date. After the jump, read the letter he sent out to our community. Also, for those of you who have asked, yes, you can still donate to the fund for Officer Garcia. Officer Mitch Gaston is the point person — you can reach him via e-mail at Mitchell.gaston@dpd.ci.dallas.tx.us, or 214-671-0160.

Northeast Community,

As most of you are aware a fundraiser was held for Officer Alex Garcia at the Northeast Patrol Division on August 27, 2009. Alex suffered a traumatic series of blood clots while working with the Dallas Police Department Explorer program in Colorado . Alex is a strong young man and is on the road to recovery. As of this writing the total amount of money exceeded $11,000.00 dollars. This is a phenomenal amount and exceeded many times what any of us expected. On behalf of myself, Alex and the entire Northeast family I want to sincerely thank everyone who stopped by, made a donation and had something to eat with us. A special word of thanks to those volunteers that pulled the event together as well as all the vendors who made donations. You know who you are! Since coming to Northeast I have been routinely awed by the concern and generosity of the community members for the police department. This event is yet another example of the amazing people we have in our community and our city.

Sincerely,

Deputy Chief Tom Lawrence Northeast Patrol Division