Heroes Fund Raises $200,000 for Middlebrook Family
Lafayette, LA – The City of Lafayette Police Department
Fallen Heroes Fund, a fund of Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), has
received more than $200,000 in contributions. All of the proceeds will benefit
the family of Corporal Michael Middlebrook who was killed in the line of duty
"CFA is grateful to the several
generous donors and philanthropists who entrust us to realize their goodwill to
benefit the Middlebrook family,” said Raymond Hébert, president and CEO of CFA.
"In consultation with the family, a group of anonymous donors targeted the
family’s outstanding debt.”
More than 400 individual and
corporate contributions were made to the fund in support of Cpl. Middlebrook’s
"After such a senseless tragedy,
it’s amazing to see the love and support that the Middlebrook family has
received from our great community,” said Ken J. Meyers, a family friend. "Adrien Middlebrook is overwhelmed with
gratitude that CFA, along with its partners, would raise money on Michael’s
behalf to retire all of the family’s debt. It’s been truly amazing!”
"On behalf of the men and women
of the Lafayette Police Department, I sincerely thank the citizens of Acadiana
for their sympathy and support. Knowing
that our community is by our side has been a source of great strength and
comfort,” said Chief Toby Aguillard, City of Lafayette Police Department.
In July 2017, per the vision of
the City of Lafayette Police Chief Toby Aguillard, CFA established The City of
Lafayette Police Department Fallen Heroes Fund.
The purpose of the fund is to
provide some financial relief to any City of Lafayette Police Department
officer or employee, or any family of any City of Lafayette Police Department
officer or employee, killed or wounded in the line of duty.
Cpl. Middlebrook, a nine-year
veteran with the Lafayette Police Department, died on October 1 when a gunman
opened fire at a convenience store in Lafayette. He leaves behind his wife, a
daughter and two stepdaughters.
About Community Foundation of
Acadiana (CFA). CFA is a 501(c)3
tax-exempt foundation whose core purpose is to build legacies and improve
communities by connecting generous people to the causes they care about. Learn
more by visiting www.cfacdiana.org.