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* Martinez Police Warn Public About Phoney Donation Solicitations

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Phony phone calls have been made to solicit money for a fund put together for a Martinez police sergeant who died last month, Martinez police said. A couple citizens have called police about people requesting money on behalf of the “Brian Carter Family Memorial Trust Fund” set up by the Martinez Police Officers’ Association, Sgt. Glenn Walkup said. Martinez police Sgt. Brian Carter, 37, died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on June 22. Walkup explained the police association does not make phone solicitations for donations, though a legitimate account under the same name does exist through the Contra Costa County Federal Credit Union.

Luckily, Walkup said, there has been no fraud and no one has gotten money out of the “very secure” account. “It is unfortunate that there are those whom would try and take advantage of a situation like this,” Martinez Police Officers’ Association president Bryan Dodd said about the memorial fund for Carter’s family. In honor of Carter, the association is sponsoring a blood drive Friday at the Martinez City Council chambers at 525 Henrietta St. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No monetary fundraisers have been planned, Walkup said. The blood center that will be collecting donated blood “provided a lot of assistance to Brian,” Walkup said. “The blood drive is something we can give back and helps raise awareness.” Carter had served with the Martinez Police Department for more than a decade before he died from blood cancer.

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