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Fund helps officers' families deal with daily life

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Kayla Harwell & her uncle, a Metro officer. Kayla Harwell & her uncle, a Metro officer.
LAS VEGAS -- As the valley prepares to say their final farewell to the second officer killed in a shooting rampage on Sunday, many have come to wonder what support the families have received. 

The Injured Police Officers Fund, or IPOF, is devoted to helping local law enforcement when they're hurt, or killed, on the job. And as of Friday afternoon, more than $100,000 has been raised for the families of officers Soldo and Beck.

And there doesn't appear to be any slowing down. Donations continue to pour in. 

Kayla Harwell might only be 12 years old, but she's not immune from the impact of the deadly shooting. Her uncle serves on Metro. "I was devastated just knowing that it was just out of the ordinary how they shot, and I was just so sad for the family and how they have to go through that," she said.

From behind a table at a Sam's Club on Friday, she saw a community come together -- dropping hundreds of dollars into a donation jar for the Injured Police Officers Fund.

"They're going to have expenses throughout time," said Det. Richard Golgart with IPOF. "The money that they're going to get from the pensions and stuff probably isn't going to be that much. So we want make sure that they're provided for long-term."

The money not only goes to funeral expenses, it will also provide for Officer Sold and Beck's wife and children. It could help pay for school, childcare, or even food. 

"A lot of us have families of our own and we know what the expenses are," said Golgart.

The meaning behind it isn't lost on that 12-year-old either. 

"I'm pretty sure that they think kids don't know about this stuff. I'm really proud to be able to give back to how much police officers give to us," Harwell said. She added she will do what she can to help officers like her uncle in a time when they need money the most.

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