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Group selling shirts, coins to benefit fallen Valley officers

Salt River Police Officer Jair Cabrera.

PHOENIX -- Fundraising efforts are underway to help the family and squad members of two Valley police officers who were killed in the line of duty.

"He was pretty much the family's sole provider," Erin Morgan of the Arizona Law Enforcement Emerald Society, a nonprofit organization, said of fallen Salt River Police Officer Jair Cabrera. "To lose him is going to create a huge hardship for his parents."

Cabrera's fellow officers and friends designed a T-shirt, which is being sold online for $20. All proceeds will benefit his parents.

ALEES is also raising money to help send the squad members of fallen Phoenix Police Detective John Hobbs and Detective A.J. Casados, who was injured in the shooting that killed Hobbs.

The squad wants to go to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C next year when Hobbs' name will be added to the memorial wall.

"The 100 Club will send the family to the memorial in D.C., but the squad would have to pay for it on their own," said Morgan. "His squad was very close and it's been very traumatic for them, that's why they want to be a part of it."

Hobbs' squad members commissioned a limited-edition coin to honor him and is available online for $20.

About the Author

Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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