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Morongo Tribe Donates $20,000 to Families of Officers Killed in Chris Dorner Manhunt

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians has given each family $10,000.

The families of two law enforcement officers who lost their lives while recently shot in the line of duty have each received $10,000 from the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, tribe officials tell Patch.

Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Detective Jeremiah MacKay were both fatally shot by quadruple murder suspect Christopher Dorner, according to police.

“We are heartbroken for the families of Officer Crain and Detective MacKay. These brave men gave their lives to protect and serve our communities and we should never forget their heroic sacrifice and the devastating loss that their families are suffering,” said Tribal Chairman Robert Martin of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. “The Crain and MacKay families will remain in our thoughts and prayers.” 

The money has already been issued to the memorial funds for the families, a tribe spokesman told Patch Wednesday.

Officer Crain was the first law enforcement officer to lose his life as the drama unfolded into a massive manhunt across Southern California for suspect Chris Dorner, a fired LAPD officer who ultimately wound up in the Big Bear area where he died following a gun fight with more law enforcement, police have said.  

MacKay died after being hit by that gunfire, outside a cabin in Seven Oaks.

The 34-year-old Crain had been with RPD for eleven years and lived in Beaumont with his wife and two children.  He was laid to rest on Feb. 13, after a ceremony attended by thousands in Riverside.

MacKay, who worked in Big Bear and Yucaipa, was a 15-year veteran with the department, Sheriff John McMahon said. He was father of a 7-year-old daughter and a 4-month-old son. He was a resident of Redlands.

His funeral is planned at 11 a.m. Thursday Feb. 21 at the San Manuel Amphitheatre, 2575 Glen Helen Parkway.

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a litttle justice February 22, 2013 at 05:20 AM
The next time you get a thought...Let it Pass!!!
jerryflores February 25, 2013 at 04:17 AM
ATC, regardless of how you feel and what you say, the gesture is wonderful! However, It never fails, there is always some jackass who will criticize a well meant gesture. Regardless of how much money they have (according to you), they provided some financial relief to the two families, who I am sure appreciate it. How much was YOUR donation?
ATC February 25, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Really, Jerry? Do you really think that $10,000 is going to make a difference for these 2 families, who just lost their main bread-winner? Morongo, if they were really concerned about these families, could easily have given a significant amount, or set up college funds for the children of these officers, or any number of things that would actully make a difference in their lives. Instead, they throw a few pennies out there, more to boost their own image than for anything else. It wasn't a "well meant gesture", it was simply a way to look good at no real sacrifice to them. Once again, rather than doing something that's really "admirable", they simply bought admiration, which obviously works for sheep like you.
beaumontdave February 26, 2013 at 03:14 AM
You might look up Ca. police widow benefits, there's half salary for life plus increments, 20% more with two children, 145.000 from worker's comp, the life insurance policies, medical benefit's for life [kids to 22yo], waivers for tuition to Cal State, plus the donation funds established in their name, all of which I'm happy they receive. As one of the sheep though, I don't think Morongo's gift of 20,000 is anything but kind considering they're no more obligated than anyone else. Please tell us your monthly income and size of donation to each family so we can pass the appropriate judgment.
MN13 March 09, 2013 at 01:58 AM
ATC and Diane you are seriously so ungrateful. Morongo didnt have to give the families money but they did. It doesnt matter what amount YOU think they should of gave, any amount helps. Just because they have a casino its not their responsibilty to provide for the families for the rest of their lives, Morongo had nothing to do with the deaths. ATC Next time you want to trash someone get the facts first because Morongo does not get that amount of money. Don't waste your time with a response because its just lies and assumptions like your other comments.

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