IE law enforcement, firefighters hold fundraiser for wounded officers shot in Las Vegas massacre

Thursday, October 12, 2017 08:23PM
There was an inspiring show of support in the Inland Empire for three wounded victims of the Las Vegas shooting and their families.


UPLAND, Calif. - There was an inspiring show of support in the Inland Empire for three wounded victims of the Las Vegas shooting and their families.

Members of law enforcement and firefighters from throughout the county turned out for a Thursday night fundraiser at the Wicked Cow in Upland.

Many said they're thankful their three colleagues survived the Las Vegas shooting but know they have a long road ahead.

Ontario Police Department Officer Mike Gracia was shot in the head during the Route 91 Harvest Festival and is out of the hospital at a rehab facility.

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San Bernardino County firefighter Mike Kordich was also wounded in the shooting and is back home.

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Brad Powers was also off-duty at the concert and injured. He is still being treated in a Las Vegas hospital.

Family members of the victims, as well as IE residents, were being served by law enforcement officers. T-shirts were being sold and at one point, a Los Angeles Police Department helicopter flew over to show support.

"It's been a blessing. We've had a ton of outpouring from all the neighboring law enforcement," said Mike Gracia's uncle, Reuben Gracia. "It's just been phenomenal."

All of the proceeds will go to help the families of the three wounded victims to help pay for their medical bills.

"They're going to have a long road to recovery, and we as a community have their backs," said Megan Arciniega of Ontario PD. "They have ours, we have there's, so this event is here to raise money and bond with the PD's and the sheriff's department."
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