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Statewide Fundraiser for Families of Lawmen Slain in Dorner Confrontations

People can take part in the fundraiser by bringing a copy of the event flier to any of California Pizza Kitchen's 72 locations in the state Monday Feb. 25 through Thursday Feb. 28, CPK marketing director Erin Murphy said.

A restaurant chain is planning a statewide fundraiser this week for the families of two law enforcement officers with ties to Redlands and Yucaipa who were slain in confrontations with rogue ex-LAPD cop, multimurder suspect Christopher Dorner.

Riverside police Officer Michael Crain, a resident of Beaumont, was fatally wounded when he was ambushed by Dorner early Feb. 3 at Arlington and Magnolia in Riverside, police said.

San Bernardino County sheriff's Detective Jeremiah MacKay, a resident of Redlands, was fatally wounded when he responded to a cabin where Dorner was holed up south of Big Bear, a final standoff that ended with Dorner's death Feb. 12, sheriff's officials said.

Both men are survived by wives and young children. Their funerals were Feb. 13 in Riverside and Feb. 21 in northwest San Bernardino.

Authorities believe Dorner was accountable for four killings in the space of ten days: a former LAPD captain's daughter and her fiancé in Irvine on Feb. 3, Crain on Feb. 7, and MacKay on Feb. 12.

California Pizza Kitchen is partnering with the Riverside Police Officers' Association and the Sheriff's Employee Assistance Team of San Bernardino to support the families of Crain and MacKay, a restaurant spokeswoman said.

Customers can get 20 percent of their checks donated to RPOA and S.E.A.T. by bringing a copy of the event flier to any of California Pizza Kitchen's 72 locations statewide Monday Feb. 25 through Thursday Feb. 28, CPK marketing director Erin Murphy said.

A printable copy of the fundraiser flier is attached to this report.

"We are doing this fundraiser," Murphy told Redlands-Loma Linda Patch in a phone interview Feb. 22. "We're happy to help raise money for these families."

The flier is good for the fundraiser all day during store operating hours Monday through Thursday this week, Murphy said.

The nearest California Pizza Kitchens to Redlands and Loma Linda are in Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino Hills, Temecula and Palm Springs, according to the restaurant chain.

Every single California Pizza Kitchen restaurant in the state of California is taking part. To find a local CPK, visit www.cpk.com/locations. For more information about the fundriaser visit www.cpk.com/fundraiser.

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  • PHOTOS: Detective Who Faced Dorner 'Died So Others Would Not Have To'
  • Funeral for Sheriff's Detective Jeremiah MacKay is Today in NW San Bernardino
  • UPDATE: Slain Detective 'Wanted to Intervene When Others Were Being Hurt'
  • DORNER REWARD: 'Due to High Volume of Calls' LAPD Issues Statement
  • Dorner Death Scene: SWAT Captain Details Fugitive Ex-Cop's Final Hours
  • Candlelight Vigil for Sheriff's Detective Slain in Final Confrontation with Dorner
  • Funeral for Sheriff's Detective Jeremiah MacKay: Date and Time Announced
  • REDLANDS MOURNS: Slain Detective is Second Local Victim Tied to Dorner
  • DORNER'S LAST STAND: Fugitive Kept Trying to Shoot More Deputies at Cabin
  • DORNER INVESTIGATION: Gunshot Wound to Head Appears Self-Inflicted
  • DORNER IS DEAD: Confirmed ID of Charred Remains Made in Autopsy
  • VIDEO: Thousands Mourn Loss of Slain Riverside Police Officer Michael Crain
  • MANHUNT SHOOTOUT: Angelus Oaks Family Recalls Massive Response on 38
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  • Murder Charges Filed Against Chris Dorner in Redlands High Grad's Death
  • Funeral Service Information for Slain Riverside Police Officer Mike Crain
  • $1 Million Reward Offered For Dorner's Capture
  • LAPD Chief Beck's Full Statement on Reviewing Dorner's Termination Case
  • DORNER MANHUNT: Armed Deputies Vigilant on Snowbound Mountain Roads
  • DORNER MANIFESTO: Rogue Officer Posted His Plan for 'Last Resort' Online

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Vito Spago February 25, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Talk about a scam to fill the Calf Pizza Kitchens with free spending diners. The amount collected for these cops is almost nil. Besides, union death benefits are very generous. Not to mention Social Security for dependent children. Also there is typically life insurance included in employment contracts. Accidental death pays double.
Washy February 25, 2013 at 01:26 PM
Actually recently when Beaumont Chili's (not state wide just one) did this for a family here in town they raised more money then you would think. And the total of all benefits these widows and children will receive will amount to less then 50percent of the Officers lifetime expected wage. (and obviously all your knowledge of life insurance has been learned on TV)
Oldprune February 25, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Police and fire people are more visible in our lives and the events gets broadcast all over the TV. I am so sorry for the loss... but I think they are fairly well taken care of financially than any ordinary people who gets killed by criminals. I always think about the Military family than Fire/Police - Their job is harder and family have to put up much more.... I don't know who came up with this idea but I hope people will donate to "Wounded Warrior" or other reputable charity to look after military instead.
april ann February 26, 2013 at 08:01 AM
All of you are wrong. The death benefits for officers killed in the line of duty vary greatly, and many times don't cover burial expenses, and a barrage of other expenses related to losing ones life partner. As far as the military personnel deserving more or better benefits than an officer killed in the line of duty on our soil is hogwash! Any, and all individuals who lose their life while doing their job to serve our community or country deserve the same respect, and benefits. Besides, the CPK idea is not only a great fund raiser, its marketing guienus, (sp?)and it's a win/win situation for everyone! Buy some pizza, and show a little empathy! When are people going to start showing a little respect, and gratitude for our country, and its heros!?
Vito Spago February 26, 2013 at 10:52 AM
I agree with OldPrune. Tired of cops and firefighters receiving better benefits than our US soldiers. Cops and firefighters have done a public relations job on the public to make their jobs appear more dangerous than they really are. My brother is a firefighter. He cannot remember the last time he was at a fire. Mostly taking grandma to the hospital when she gets her meds wrong. Street cops have to put up with a lot of crap, but the few times they are shot at are sensationalized by the media. If you do not like the work, find another job.
Washy February 26, 2013 at 01:17 PM
April you are right....tell me who here can be buried for 5k http://www.nationalcops.org/benefits/california.pdf
Washy February 26, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Vito you are a LIAR if you say your brother is a fire fighter and hasn't been to a fire, but only takes Gma to hospital your brother is an ambulance driver if that is the case because the FD doesn't take folks ANYWHERE (and Vito your lies/knowledge come from TV) AND if a fireman only responds to medical emergencys he is a PARAMEDIC you do know there is a difference right LIAR
Washy February 26, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Wow the amount of jealous bitter people posting on this thread amazes me. I do hope you never really need help from an Officer
Vito Spago February 27, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Washy. Well since they are so wonderful how much do you think they should earn. My brother is a FF and he is tempted to retire early. He is sick of taking grandma to the hospital, but since they pay him up the butt, he will endure.
Washy February 27, 2013 at 02:15 AM
I don't know who "they" are...the people who are there to put their lives on the line for you or their spouses who got left behind while putting their life on the line for you. Again however you are liar FFs don't TRANSPORT ANYONE ANYWHERE
desertpatriot February 27, 2013 at 02:32 AM
@wishy-washy: woman, you are in serious need of an anger management class i hereby announce a pledge drive to collect money needed to put wishy-washy through an anger management course. funds are also needed to cover expenses when she checks into a state institution following anger management
Vito Spago February 27, 2013 at 03:00 AM
desertp. I agree. Washy: OK. The paramedic takes grandma to the hospital, but the FD sends all its 20Ton engines to the board and care home and waste everyone's time, not to mention, sleep, if it is at night.
beaumontdave February 27, 2013 at 03:34 AM
I'd donate to that cause.

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