PITTSBURGH, PA (Nov. 7, 2018) -- The City Council of Pittsburgh today gave preliminary approval for the City Controller to create a Public Safety Support Trust Fund to hold monetary donations in support of Public Safety Department efforts.
In the wake of the tragic events on Saturday, Oct. 27 -- in which 11 members of Tree of Life, New Light and Dor Hadash congregations were killed and several other people were injured, including four officers -- there has been an overwhelming number of people wishing to contribute to the City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Safety.
“I am deeply humbled by the outpouring of support and gratitude extended to this department by residents and people from all over the nation," Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said. "City Council’s unanimous decision to create a fund to support the efforts of First Responders will go a long way in the delivery of quality public safety services for our residents. This City deserves our best."
The funds will be used to cover expenses associated with training for Public Safety personnel and for the purchase of Public Safety Equipment and supplies.
“On behalf of all personnel within the Department of Public Safety, we want to thank everyone who has inquired about donating or has already donated," Hissrich said. "It means so much to those who risk their lives and sacrifice time with their families to serve the public."
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Public Safety Support Trust Fund may send a check payable to Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh to 400 City-County Building, 414 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
The Department is not accepting donations for the individual police officers injured at the Tree of Life. For those wanting to donate directly to the Officers that were injured, a fund has been set up to assist the officers during their recovery. All donations for the Injured Officers Fund will be accepted at Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union and mailed to: 1338 Chartiers Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15220. For more information, feel free to call the Credit Union office at 412-922-4800 or go online to http://www.pittsburghpolicefcu.com/?p=968 .
Tonight, the City-County Building is illuminated to recognize Poison Prevention Week and the 50th Anniversary of "Mr. Yuk" in partnership with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
For questions about the lighting at the City-County Building, please reach out to the Office of the Mayor.