GoFundMe page for fallen officer had no connection to family; 2 other legit fundraisers established

A GoFundMe page for the Brackenridge police chief who was killed in the line of duty on Monday had no connection to his family, the Allegheny County Sheriff’s office said.

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According to the sheriff’s office, the page was listed by a “Michael McIntire” and was entitled “McIntire family.”

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The sheriff’s office said that the page has been suspended and hidden from public view.

GoFundMe issued a statement following the suspension:

“At GoFundMe, being a safe and trusted place to give and receive help is our top priority. We have removed this fundraiser and the organizer has also been banned from using the platform for any future fundraisers. All donors who contributed to the campaign will be fully refunded. Our thoughts remain with all of you during this tragic time.”

If you made a donation to the fraudulent GoFundMe page, click here to access the GoFundMe help center.

A legitimate fundraiser has been organized by Tarentum police. The department is selling T-shirts, and all proceeds are going to the McIntire family. Click here for more information.

Another legitimate fundraiser that people can contribute to is FundtheFirst.com. A fundraiser on behalf of McIntire’s wife has been set up on the site and can be found here.

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