$70k raised for HPD officers shot in the line of duty

A benefit organized by the Thin Blue Line motorcycle club was held on Saturday to raise money for two Houston Police officers who were shot in the line of duty.

HOUSTON - Thousands of people came out to help raise money for the families of two Houston Police officers shot in the line of duty.

Officers Ronny Cortez and Jose Munoz were shot while responding to a burglary call in southwest Houston last February.

The Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club helped organized the barbecue benefit at The Concert Pub on Cypress Creek Parkway in Northwest Houston.

Cortez was paralyzed when a bullet him in the back. He is undergoing therapy at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Munoz was hit in the leg and is about to start rehabilitation. 

More than 3,000 people came to the barbecue and silent auction benefit on Saturday.

"Today is about helping the family," said Thin Blue Line LEMC President Rico Garcia. "There's a lot of medical expenses that the [officer's families] have encountered and we just want to show that we support them."

Organizers say they raised $70,000 for the officers and their families on Saturday.

For those who would like to contribute money to the Cortez and Munoz families, a GoFundMe account has been set up in their name.

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