Memorial Funds Set Up for Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims
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Sgt. Ron Helus, one of the first officers to respond to a call of a shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California was among the 12 victims killed in the incident.
“He gave his all. Tonight, as I told his wife, he died a hero. He went in to save lives, to save other people,” said Sheriff Dean.
Helus, 54, is survived by a son and his wife, whom he called before responding to the shooting.
“He said, ‘Hun, I got to go. I love you. I gotta go on a call,’”
The nonprofit run by ex-military and police veterans Blue Alert US will be raising funds to the Sgt. Ron Helus Memorial Fund. Blue Alert US work to bring support to the families of fallen officers. The unexpected loss of life & loss of everyday function puts a strain on these families.
“I’m so sad for his family and friends. God bless them. My heart aches. God…please help our country.”
“R.I.P. to this brave Sergeant fell in the line of duty doing what he loved Hero. May God be with his family..”
“My heart goes out to everyone that lost loved ones.”
“RIP Sgt. Helus, thank you for your service sir.”
“I’m so saddened for all involved. I pray for the poor families that have lost a friend or loved one. May God be with you all.”
“The thin blue line is the bravest of the brave, they truly do protect and serve us all and it’s always a tragedy when a brave officer goes down in the line of duty…Blue Lives Matter”
“He was willing to sacrifice his life for the sake of others,” Dean said on “Today.” “He ran into danger — he didn’t walk.”
Helus — trained to enter a building when there is a report of an active shooter — went inside, and was met with gunfire. He exchanged bullets with the shooter and was struck multiple times.
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Source: Ventura County Community Foundation
On Wednesday, November 7, an unspeakable tragedy occurred with the shooting deaths of 12 Ventura community members including a Ventura County Sheriff Sergeant.
While the horror washes over all of us, many from around the region and around the country are leaping into action to support the victims, families, law enforcement community and organizations providing first and second line support.
Ventura County Community Foundation (VCCF), in coordination with City of Thousand Oaks, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Amgen Foundation, California Community Foundation, and others, has set up a specific fund to serve this purpose.
VCCF Board Chair, Scott Hansen said, “We are at a loss for words but not actions. Ventura County Community Foundation stands with the families and law enforcement community. We have set up a victim’s relief and recovery fund this morning and are helping organize the wave of incoming support from individuals, companies and organizations. We share our deepest condolences for the families who have lost loved ones.”
Drew Powers, City Manager for the City of Thousand Oaks said, “As our city moves through this tragedy, our hearts are with all of those impacted in this community and beyond. We are overwhelmed with the outpouring of support and will be here with all of you as we move through the healing process together.
Pat Modugno from Conrad N. Hilton Foundation said, “We are deeply saddened by these senseless events that are occurring at our places of worship, where we educate our children, recreation, and where people are enjoying life. Today we mourn and our hearts are with our neighbors at this time.”
Cynthia M. Patton, Senior Vice President, and Chief Compliance Officer at Amgen, and Chairperson of the Amgen Foundation Board said, “The Amgen family woke up today both horrified by last night’s tragedy and determined to do our part to support our community in this time of need. Amgen will work closely with the Ventura County Community Foundation and the City of Thousand Oaks to ensure that those touched by this event are supported in every way possible.”
Antonia Hernández from the California Community Foundation said “Community foundations stand together, so we are all bound by our responsibility to serve in times of crisis. Our hearts are broken but our resolve is strong to offer our support to the short and long-term needs of the community.”
To make donations, please go to www.vccf.org or call Bonnie Gilles 805-330-6681.
Ventura County Community Foundation will post more information on the VCCF Facebook page.