MILWAUKEE — With the shooting death of Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner on the city’s south side on Feb. 6, you may be looking for a way to help.
The Milwaukee Police Association (MPA) has a fund dedicated to assisting law enforcement officers in the event of serious injury or death. The fund, named “The Milwaukee Police Association Fallen Heroes, Inc.” is a registered 501(c)(3). All donations are tax-deductible. Donations can be directed to specific fallen officer’s families by including a note with your donation.
IMPORTANT: Checks can be mailed to the MPA office or cash dropped off in person. The fund is administered by the MPA at the address just below. Make checks payable to:
Milwaukee Police Association Fallen Heroes, Inc.
6310 W. Bluemound Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53213
In addition, the fund was set up due to continued support from the community in past years. Citizens wanted to often show their support by donating a monetary contribution. The MPA Fallen Heroes Inc., was started in late 2017. They do not solicit money. Starting the fund was to have a safe and tax deductible way citizens could donate money to Milwaukee Police Officers and their families in their time of need.
MPA Fallen Heroes, Inc. is not associated with any other organization.
Other efforts to raise money for Officer Rittner
The Milwaukee Police Department is accepting donations for Officer Rittner at any TCF Bank branch. Those interested in donating can contact TCF Bank and request the account called "Family of Matthew Rittner."
Jen’s Sweet Treats will donate 100 percent of proceeds on Tuesday, Feb. 12 to the family of fallen Officer Rittner. Jen’s Sweet Treats is located on Packard Avenue near Layton Avenue in Cudahy. It is open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The Packing House Restaurant will honor fallen Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner with a fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 22. The restaurant will donate 10 percent of all food sales that day to the Rittner family.
Doc's Commerce Smoke is planning a benefit that will allow the families of the fallen (Matthew Rittner, Michael Michalski, Charles Irvine) to travel to Washington, D.C. for National Police Week. That fundraiser is set for Saturday, Feb. 23 from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m.
Ultimate Confections in Wauwatosa is selling chocolate badges to raise money for the Milwaukee Police Association Fallen Heroes Fund.
Donate to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund was founded in 1984. It is dedicated to telling the story of American Law Enforcement and making it safer for those who serve. It is also a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Memorial Fund built and continues to maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial—the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. CLICK HERE if you would like to support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
About the Milwaukee Police Association
The Milwaukee Police Association was started on June 22, 1909 with a meeting of 13 police officers for the purpose f organizing a protective assertion for the police department. Today, 1,600 local members work in the city's seven police districts.
"The Milwaukee Police Association is the force… behind the force; forever endeavoring to care for the professional Police Officers, Forensic Investigators, and Detectives of the City of Milwaukee. It is our mission to ensure our membership is best positioned so as they may provide the highest degree of uninterrupted public safety service to the community."
Other Milwaukee police officers killed in the line of duty
Died June 7, 2018 after a violent crash near N. 76th St. and W. Silver Spring Dr. Irvine and his partner were in pursuit of a reckless vehicle at the time of the wreck. Officer Irvine was a police aide for two years and an officer for nearly two more.
Died July 25, 2018 after he was shot during a Special Investigations Unit check on a wanted suspect near N. 28th St. and W. Wright St. in Milwaukee. Michalski was a 17-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department.