RICHMOND — When tragedy strikes a community, local residents and businesses often come together for support.
That is exactly what the city of Richmond has done after the unfortunate passing of K9 Officer Seara Burton.
“Just the amount of support that this community has generated and continues to generate right now over this tragedy has just been rewarding,” Richmond City Councilmember, Jeff Cappa, said.
In just one week a local business in Richmond, Warm Glow Candle Co., raised $25,000 worth of hand-made candles honoring Officer Burton with plans to donate the money to the Richmond Police Departments K9 unit.
On top of that, the company chipped in their own money to raise the donation to $26,000.
Richmond High School opened its gym for Officer Burton’s funeral.
Primex Plastics in Richmond made the “Pray for Seara” yard signs and are now asking people to return them so they can be recycled and made into murals for the police department and Burton’s family.
City officials have called this type of support from the community “outstanding.”
“The local residents, the business community, the local hospital. Their support, their compassion, their love for Officer Burton’s family and Richmond Police Department and even local first responders has been just remarkable.” Cappa said.
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