SACRAMENTO – The California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA), its 17 affiliate associations, and the National and California Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) lodges are deeply saddened by the Camp and Woolsey fire tragedies that destroyed or damaged the homes of some CSLEA FOP Lodge 77 members and quickly moved to assist those members who contacted CSLEA or a CSLEA affiliate.
“We could not stand helpless in a deadly disaster such as these fires and do nothing to assist our members who have experienced such great loss,” said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. “First and foremost, we are so very grateful they and their families are safe and alive. Second, we know the road to recovery will be filled with strife - financial, physical and emotional. We have been in touch with our affiliates for reports they are receiving on members whose homes were destroyed and we have been in touch with California and National FOP. It’s important that we all do our part to help.”
Following the fires, CSLEA was notified that as many as 10 members’ homes were destroyed by fire, mostly the Camp fire. Those members included a CDFW warden, State Parks rangers, a CHP dispatcher, and CCC conservationists.
Currently, the CSLEA affiliate Resource Protection Peace Officers Association (RPPOA) is accepting applications for financial assistance of up to $2,000 from RPPOA members whose homes were destroyed by the November fires, this includes warden-, ranger- and cadet-members. In addition, with CSLEA’s guidance one ranger applied to National FOP for disaster assistance.
The CSLEA affiliate CHP-Public Safety Dispatchers Association (CHP-PSDA) has provided $500 in assistance to a public safety dispatcher member. At CSLEA’s respectful request, the California FOP lodge has approved a matching donation.
In addition, the CSLEA affiliate Association of Conservationists (ACE) has provided $500 in assistance to three conservationists. California FOP has also approved $500 in assistance to a conservationist who applied for disaster relief through CSLEA FOP Lodge 77.
“We are grateful to FOP, both national and the California lodge, for their forever fraternal compassion and ability to assist our public safety professionals. They stand strong in their support for all members and are to be applauded for the assistance they provide in California and across the nation, in time of need.”
The California State FOP Lodge has been contacted by numerous FOP members across the country and from private individuals about wanting to make a donation to help our members who have been affected.
The California FOP Foundation, founded in 2010 to provide emergency benefits to California FOP members, law enforcement employees and the members of their families in times of crisis, is currently accepting donations to the California FOP Foundation and donations specified to California wildfire victims.
“Now more than ever, we need your help to support our members who have suffered tremendous loss while they have been safeguarding lives and property during these disasters.
“If you wish to donate please make a donation to the CA FOP Foundation, and specify California Wildfires when making a donation. These donations will go directly to our members affected in this crisis. Please send the donations to President Mayberry at 13410 Hilltop Terrace Valley Center, CA 92082
“The CA FOP Foundation is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization. EIN 27-4036736.” - – California FOP