Police officer donates car to family

October 16, 2008 5:07:57 PM PDT
When a Stone Park police officer was killed in a motorcycle accident, friends and fellow officers decided to hold a car raffle to help raise money for his family. A Chicago policeman won the car, but he didn't keep it.

It's the store of a community pitching in to help the family of a fallen police officer, also a police officer doing what he could to try to help that family as well.

Mike Scali, a police officer in Chicago's 18th district, won a brand new Ford Focus in a raffle. Rather than driving it home, he decided to turn it over to Anna, whose husband was killed in March in a motorcycle crash. He'd been an officer for seven years. The raffle raised $16,000, all of which went to the family.

Al Piemonte has known the family for years and donated the car. The winner bought 30 tickets at $10, but he said it was to help the family, not to win the car.

"My instinct was, I need to give it to the family," said Scali.

The officer who died left behind a wife and three young children. His wife told ABC7 she greatly appreciates all the generosity.


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