Fallen Officer Helped Yakima Now Your Chance to Say Thanks
38-year-old Yakima Police Sergeant Joe Deccio died on duty Tuesday after suffering a medical issue. On Thursday the Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray told reporters how the family of Sergeant Deccio and Yakima Police Department staff members are coping with his loss.
THE CHIEF ANNOUNCED A MEMORIAL FUND
He says it hasn't been an easy week for many of his family and friends who were shocked at his passing. However the chief says there's been no changes in the way the officers protect Yakima even though many of them were hard hit by Deccio's passing. The chief also announced a way the community can help the family during this tough time. A memorial fund has been created at HomeStreet Bank in Yakima which is now accepting donations.
THE DEPARTMENT HAS THREE WAYS FOR YOU TO HELP THE DECCIO FAMILY
City officials say they're hoping everyone in the community helps the family. You can donate to the Sergeant Joe Deccio Memorial fund at the local HomeStreet Bank branch (424 East Yakima Avenue), the Yakima Police Department (200 South 3rd Street), or by checking the Yakima Police Department’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/YakimaPoliceDepartment
Deccio, a 15-year veteran of the department, died after a "significant medical episode" that was very unexpected on Tuesday. Those who knew him say he was in excellent shape with no signs of any health problems. Deccio was rushed to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon but doctors were unable to save his life.
SERGEANT DECCIO'S ASSIGNED PATROL VEHICLE STILL PARKED AT THE YPD
Sergeant Deccio's assigned detective patrol vehicle continues to be parked on the north side of the Yakima Police Department under a blue tent for the community stop and lay flowers and remember the officer.
THE MEMORIAL SERVICE IS SET FOR NEXT THURSDAY IN YAKIMA
Yakima Police say Deccio's memorial service is set for Thursday, August 12 at the Yakima Valley Sundome. The service is open to the community and will begin at 11:00AM.