The Baton Rouge Union of Police, Magnolia State Peace Officers Association along with the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police has set up a donations account through Capital One Bank for the officers killed and injured in Sunday’s ambush attack in Baton Rouge.
Donations made to the Baton Rouge Union of Fallen Heroes will be directed to the families of fallen Baton Rouge Police Department Officer Matthew Gerald and Cpl. Montrell Jackson and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department Deputy Brad Garafola, and to the three officers injured in the attack. Deputy Nicholas Tullier, 41, of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office remains in critical condition after being shot in the head by the gunman.
Checks may be made out to the Baton Rouge Union of Fallen Heroes and mailed to Capitol One Bank, 301 Main Street, Suite 100, Baton Rouge, LA 70801. Please write “For Deposit Only” on the back of the check along with the account number #2080673364.
Officer Matthew Gerald, 41
Baton Rouge Police Department
Before joining the Baton Rouge Police Department last year, Gerald served in both the Marines and the Army. He deployed to Iraq three times, his friends said. The Baton Rouge Police Department said in a statement Sunday night Gerald served in the uniform patrol division.
“Matt was the kind of guy that you knew immediately when he entered the room,” said Ryan D. Cabral, who served with Gerald in Iraq. “Whether it was the energy he carried with him or that Cajun accent he had . . . maybe it was the Marine in him.”
He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.
Cpl. Montrell Jackson, 32
Baton Rouge Police Department
Cpl. Montrell Jackson had just celebrated his 10-year anniversary as a Baton Rouge police officer and had become a father to a little boy.
According to the New York Times Jackson commented on the recent officer involved shooting incident in Baton Rouge, which led to nationwide protests.
“I’m tired physically and emotionally,” Jackson reportedly wrote on July 8. “I swear to God I love this city, but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform, I get nasty hateful looks, and out of uniform some consider me a threat. I’ve experienced so much in my short life and these last 3 days have tested me to the core.”
“This city MUST and WILL get better,” he continued. “I’m working in these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, family or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer. I got you.”
He is survived by his wife and four-month-old son.
Deputy Brad Garafola, 45
East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department
Deputy Brad Garafola was a 24-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department when he was gunned down trying to help a wounded officer.
Garafola leaves behind a wife and four children – a 21-year-old son, a 15-year-old daughter, 12-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter.
Garafola’s wife, Tonja, expressed thanks for the support she’s received and said in a Facebook post, “Our hearts are completely broken and still in disbelief of it all.”
“Brad was such a wonderful husband, father and friend,” she wrote. “He loved his family to the absolute fullest and we were always his number one. He gave his all in everything he did!! As me and the kids piled up in our bed last night we prayed hard and we told each other it was bedthirty because that what daddy always said. Brad I love you so much and I don’t know how to do this without you, you’re my best friend, my rock and my hero!!!”