Fundraiser for Deputy Alex Collins, Wounded in Final Dorner Shootout

Collins has undergone several surgeries and he was scheduled recently to enter a rehabilitation facility, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Staff at Hickory Ranch Steakhouse & Sports Bar in Yucaipa are planning a fundraiser Saturday for San Bernardino County sheriff's Deputy Alex Collins, who was seriously wounded Feb. 12 in the final shootout with ex-LAPD cop Christopher Dorner in Seven Oaks.

The fundraiser is scheduled from 11 a.m. to closing on March 23, and a flier for the event says there will be karaoke from 8 p.m. to midnight.

"Come enjoy food in the restaurant or drinks at the bar," the flier states. "Ten percent of the day's sales total will go directly to Deputy Collins. Thank you for your support! There will also be a donation station for those who would like to make additional donations."

Collins has undergone several surgeries and he was scheduled recently to enter a rehabilitation facility, sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said Wednesday.

A public Facebook page set up for Collins shows the severity of some of his injuries, and it shows him on the road to recovery with family members, including his wife Lila and their son Benjamin.

Collins was able to make his first public outing recently and he visited a Sports Chalet wearing an Angels ballcap, a Hurley t-shirt and Manchester United sweats.

Collins is a 5-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department. In the same incident where Collins was wounded, sheriff's Detective Jeremiah MacKay was killed. The standoff ended with Dorner's death, by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a burned-out cabin off Highway 38 and east of Angelus Oaks.

Dorner was believed accountable for four killings in the space of 10 days: a former LAPD captain's daughter and her fiancé in Irvine on Feb. 3, Riverside police Officer Michael Crain on Feb. 7, and MacKay on Feb. 12.

Crain was a Redlands High School graduate who attended Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, and a Beaumont resident. MacKay worked in the Big Bear area and Yucaipa, and he was a resident of Redlands.

Hickory Ranch Steakhouse & Sports Bar is at 32971 Yucaipa Blvd. For more information about the fundraiser for Collins visit the business' Facebook page or call (909) 790-1953.

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