Fundraiser for late officer’s family nears $12,000

On Aug. 9, airline pilot and former Bonney Lake police officer Brian Kelly passed away due to complications from cancer.

He is survived by his wife and three children. In the days since Kelly’s death, friends and family have given support in the form of food, comfort and child care. Now four friends want to ensure his family is supported financially.

A fundraising page set up by Mark and Kira Monteiro and Chris and Jenn Tobin has, as of this writing, raised nearly $12,000 of a $15,000 goal. The YouCaring page will remain open through the end of August 2014. The platform allows fundraising to continue past the established goal and to the deadline, provided it is not ended by the page creator in the interim.

“This (fundraiser) will go a long way towards their biggest needs such as groceries, clothing, utilities and child care,” a statement on the page read.