Monday, January 4, 2010
– BLEVE Records, an independent record label in Nashville, donated 1,000 copies of their new CD release "My First Ride" to raise money for the fallen Lakewood, Wash. police officers' families.
The CDs were sold in Forza Coffee houses located mainly in Washington State. The Forza Coffee Co. in Parkland, Wash. was the site of the slaying on Nov. 29 of four Lakewood police officers.
According to Brian Wurts, President of the Lakewood Police Independent Guild, the CDs sold out within days, raising a total of $15,000 that will be donated to the families of the fallen officers. The four officers leave behind a total of nine children.
BLEVE President Mickey Milam said, "This was such a tragic and senseless act of violence. My heart goes out to the families of these four brave officers. Police officers spend their lives protecting and serving others. It has always been BLEVE's goal to help police officers, firefighters and their families in times of disaster, and I can think of no greater disaster than the sudden loss of a loved one."
"All of the proceeds ($15,000) from the sale of these CDs went to the families," Milam said. "BLEVE is a record label that was created to support firefighters and police officers. Normally, for every CD sold, $4 is donated to a fund for firefighters and police officers and their families. Due to the extraordinary circumstances of this tragedy and the officers leaving behind 9 children, we felt the need to offer extra help."
"My First Ride" is a multi artist compilation CD featuring Ronnie Milsap, George Strait, Vince Gill, John Michael Montgomery, James Otto, The Bacon Brothers and others.
BLEVE Records is partnered with the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Fire Fighters. BLEVE produces and sells music to raise money for the FOP Foundation Fund and the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund. For every CD sold, BLEVE donates a portion to the FOP and IAFF funds.