TAMPA - Hundreds of reminders are pouring in to the Tampa Police Department, that the worst can bring out the best in people.
"Our family grieves with you over the loss of Officer Curtis and Kocab. We hope this gift will benefit their families. Our deepest condolences," said Susan Delage, using her letter opener to open dozens of letters on her desk.
Delage's usually busy with latent fingerprints but for past week, opening hundreds of donation envelopes has become her full-time job.
"We had a company in Sarasota send us a check for $10,000. We've had a lot of community support from businesses in the Tampa Bay area who have sent large amounts," she said.
$70,000 came in last week for Officer Jeff Kocab and David Curtis' families but there’s more.
“Everyday boxes like this come in and just, the smallest of items that are heartfelt that just tug at ya'. Blankets and clothes and prayers," said Sgt. Jim Contento, holding up a cardboard box filled with donations like a crocheted quilt.
The pictures drawn by small hands are just as appreciated as the donations penned on checks.
Then there are the donations that surprise everyone.
"Another one that kinda came to mind was a Pinellas County inmate who sent a check from jail for the families," said Delage.
"Those are the ones you kinda remember."
Hundreds of reminders people can be so kind. Delage says she hopes to be opening many more envelopes in the coming weeks.
To donate, please send checks or letters to:
Tampa Police Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 172995
Tampa, FL 33672
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