The Tempe Police Department hosted a carwash Saturday and raised money for a fallen officer’s family. About 50 people, including Tempe police officers, firefighters and other volunteers came to the Mill Avenue Chili’s restaurant in Tempe to show their support for motorcycle officer Kevin Weeks, who died Sept. 28 when he crashed his motorcycle.
“We want to make sure we take care of our own,” Sgt. Kevin Renwick said.
Weeks, 28, was killed when his motorcycle struck construction materials and crashed on a southbound Loop 101 exit ramp.
Checker Auto Parts and Central Chemical donated soap, rags and other cleaner for the car wash.
The 100 Club of Arizona, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to families of fallen peace officers and firefighters, also helped.
Charlee McDermott of Phoenix, who worked at the event, said Weeks’ death hit close to home.
“I have a roommate who is an officer, so it’s important to help out in the community,” McDermott said. “Especially for someone that died so tragically.”
Officer Darin Mowery knew Weeks since he was a rookie in 2001 and said this event is a good way to cope with his friend’s death.
“He was a friend of mine, and I want to do what I can to help the family,” Mowery said. “It’s difficult, but I couldn’t be more pleased because everyone’s out here working hard.”