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Donations mount for fallen Montgomery officer's family

Montgomery County police officers have gravely said you couldn't make up anything worse if you tried: A cop rushes out to assist another officer, veers off the road, slams into a tree, dies, and leaves behind a 14-month-old son and a wife pregnant with triplets.

At least there is this: A relief fund for the family of Officer Hector Ayala has topped $70,000.

The latest donor is the owner of a Montgomery County car dealership, who contributed $20,000, wishes to remain anonymous, and is challenging other business owners to donate.

"This continues to be an emotional, challenging and difficult time for the Ayalas," Detective Melanie Eberly, chairperson of the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Officers Relief Fund, said in a statement. "Mrs. Ayala, Hector Jr., and the expected triplets will have significant needs for the foreseeable future. The sincere support from the community has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated."

Those wishing to contribute can make checks payable to "MCLEORF," and mail them to 18512 Office Park Drive, Montgomery Village, MD 20886. The name "Ayala" should be written in the memo portion of the check.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  May 10, 2010; 4:29 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , Montgomery  
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