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Members of the Long Beach Fire Department and Long Beach Police Officers Association gather in front of Bixby Village Plaza to receive donation from Westar Associates.

LONG BEACH, CA (May 2016) – On May 25, 2016, Westar Associates made a charitable donation to the Long Beach Police Officers Memorial Widows Emergency and Scholarship Fund and the Friends of Long Beach Firefighters organizations to show their ongoing support for the city of Long Beach.

The Memorial Widows Emergency & Scholarship Trust Fund provides emergency financial assistance to the families of police officers killed or injured while on patrol. In addition, the fund assists active officers and their families if they are faced with crisis, and provides an opportunity for scholarships for active officers’ children entering college.

“We really appreciate the generous donation to the Widows and Orphans Fund,” says Stephen James, President of the Long Beach Police Officers Association. “Westar Associates is really making a significant impact on the families in need during their difficult times. It means a lot to the police department, and even more to the families receiving the donation.”

The Friends of Long Beach Firefighters organization plans to use their donation to enhance the growth of the Long Beach Fire Department’s philanthropic programs, such as the Long Beach Fire Ambassadors, the Spark of Love Toy Drive, Junior Guards, Search and Rescue Canine, and more.

“The success of our programs is a direct reflection of the commitment and support we receive from valued partners,” says Richard Brandt, Deputy Chief of the Long Beach Fire Department. “We offer our sincerest appreciation for the generous donation we’ve received from Westar Associates.”

For 15 years, Westar Associates has managed and operated Bixby Village Plaza, located on Bellflower Blvd. and Pacific Coast Highway, right across the street from the VA Medical Center. The center includes Target, CVS pharmacy, US Bank, and a variety of service uses and eateries.

“We take pride in showing our support to local organizations that strive to improve the quality of life for local residents and businesses in the city of Long Beach,” says Jud Dutrisac, Chief Operating Officer of Westar Associates. “This is our way of showing our deep appreciation for the men and women of the Long Beach Fire and Police Department, who are so dedicated to providing their important services for the safety of the community.”

To learn more on how to make a donation to the Memorial Widows Emergency and Scholarship Trust Fund, please visit: http://www.lbpoa.org/. To learn more on how to make a donation to the Friends of Long Beach Firefighters, please visit: http://www.longbeach.gov/fire/

Names of people pictured from left to right: Richard Brandt (Deputy Chief-Fire Marshal, Long Beach Fire Department), Connor Best (Vice President, Westar Associates), Stephen James (President, Long Beach Police Officers Association), Jake Heflin (Firefighter/ Paramedic/ CERT Program Manager/ Public Information Officer/ US&R Medical Specialist, Long Beach Fire Department), and Ally Ellison (Director of Media, Westar Associates).