The San Antonio Police Department is mourning the loss of fallen Officer Miguel Moreno while Officer Julio Cavazos continues to recover at San Antonio Military Medical Center after a shootout turned deadly Thursday.
When tragedies like this happen, the officers and their families often find they're not alone. Officers are given support from within the police department through grief counselors and chaplains there to provide prayers, a listening ear, and words of encouragement.
But support in these difficult times often comes from the community as well. Groups like the 100 Club of San Antonio provide financial support and guidance for the loved ones fallen heroes leave behind.
"What we do is raise money from a community grateful for the law enforcement and firefighters that protect us every day so that we can be there when tragedy happens," said Allen Smith, board chairman of The 100 Club of San Antonio.
On Thursday, while two San Antonio police officers patrolled near San Antonio College, one of two suspects they were investigating pulled out a gun and opened fire.
"Those officers were out there and they were working hard," SAPD Chief William McManus said. "All they were going to do was contact these two individuals."
The gunfire hit both officers, who are nine-year veterans of the force. Officer Julio Cavazos was struck in the chin and the bullet lodged in his upper torso. He's recovering at SAMMC, but 32-year-old Officer Miguel Moreno was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the hospital on Friday.
"Each life is special," Smith said. "We've already reached out to Chief McManus. We want them to know that we're with them from the very beginning."
The police department also offers peer to peer support and mental health services during times of crisis. Here's how you can donate to support the families of fallen officers through The 100 Club of San Antonio.