The Santa Police Department Facebook page reported Tuesday that $2,000 was raised last week for Jesus Torres, former president of the Youth Leadership Council of the Police Activities League and corporal in the Santa Monica Police Explorer Post, who currently resides in intensive care.
On June 20, Torres, a 21-year-old recent graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz, went swimming in the ocean with a group of friends when he was believed to be caught up in a riptide that drowned him, said Lt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police Department.
With the help of various emergency and health professionals and unidentified citizens, Torres was revived, but his prognosis remains unknown, Lewis added.
The police activities league is spearheading fundraising efforts for the Torres family including hosting a successful fundraiser on July 17 at the California Pizza Kitchen located at 210 Wilshire Blvd. Twenty percent of the day’s proceeds ($2,000) went toward the Jesus Torres Fund.
Community donations are still being accepted and can be sent to the Jesus Torres Fund at 1401 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, Calif., 90404.
Visit the police department’s facebook page at facebook.com/santamonicapd to download a promotional flyer on how to contribute to the cause.