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Feb. 12, 2007 — The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has presented a $3,000 donation to acting Police Commissioner James McCall for the family of Officer Ariel Frett, who died last week in a murder that shocked residents.
A 25-year-veteran of the V.I. Police Department, Frett died Thursday afternoon after he intervened in an altercation in the Hospital Ground area. (See "Veteran Police Officer Shot Dead in Hospital Ground.") The V.I. Police Department Friday issued a wanted poster of the 24-year-old suspect. (See "VIPD Issues Wanted Poster for Suspect in Officer's Murder.")
"Really, it is such a sad thing," CFVI President Dee Baecher-Brown said Monday. "We are blessed to have donors to the foundation who have such a heart for the community."
The donation is from the V.I. 100 Club, a special fund at CFVI, Baecher-Brown said: "It is composed of a group of people on the islands who are committed to keeping our community a safe place to live, and to support those officers who protect it."
Donations to the fund go toward purchasing life-protecting equipment for the V.I. Police Department that cannot be secured through budgeted funds, to provide officer recognition and educational opportunities and to aid dependents of police officers who lose their lives in the line of duty.
Anyone seeking more information about making donations or becoming a member of the V.I. 100 Club should contact CFVI at 774-6031, Baecher-Brown said.
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