Updated 5 p.m., Feb. 28: Whole Foods in Santa Cruz is accepting donations to the Santa Cruz Police Association. Donations can be made at the store.
Update 5:18 p.m. The City of Santa Cruz has established a "Baker/Butler Scholarship Fund" to support the families of two Santa Cruz police officers killed Tuesday in a confrontation with a suspect on Branciforte Avenue.
Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo branch anywhere in the U.S., Marcus Pimentel, city finance director, said Wednesday afternoon. The Wells Fargo account number is 999 245 1154, Pimentel said.
Donations call also be mailed to the City of Santa Cruz, Attn: "Baker/Butler Scholarship Fund," 809 Center Street, Room 101, Santa Cruz CA 95060, Pimentel said.
Credit card donations can be made over the phone during normal business hours by calling 831-420-5070, with no cost to donors, Pimentel said.
All funds received by Wells Fargo and the city's Finance Department address will be held in a special trust to be distributed to the families of Detective Elizabeth Butler and Det. Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker, Pimentel said.
The City of Santa Cruz is aware of the fund established by the Bay Federal Credit Union, and city staff have coordinated with the credit union to ensure donations are directed to the "Santa Cruz Police Officers Association" for distribution to the fallen officers' families, Pimentel said.
Posted 4:38 p.m. A fund has been established at a Santa Cruz County credit union to support the families of two Santa Cruz police officers killed Tuesday in a confrontation with a suspect on Branciforte Avenue.
Bay Federal Credit Union, in partnership with Central Coast News KION/KCBA, has set up the fund to support the families of Detective Elizabeth Butler and Det. Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker, a credit union representative said in a statement.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Detective Butler and Sergeant Baker," Carrie Birkhofer, president and CEO of Bay Federal, said in the statement. "We hope these donations will help them with the many financial needs they will undoubtedly face."
Donations of any amount can be made at any Bay Federal Credit Union branch, or mailed to 3333 Clares Street, Capitola, CA 95010. Checks should be made payable to the Santa Cruz Police Officers Association.