LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A fundraiser is being set up for the family of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer Shay Mikalonis, as he continues to recover at the University Medical Center.
A sign reading "Pray for Shay," is displayed prominently at the University Medical Center on Friday, as officer Mikalonis has been hospitalized after he was shot on Monday.
"We are all the same family. So, all members of law enforcement kick in and help out and support; however, we can," said North Las Vegas Police Chief Pamela Ojeda.
She helped spread the word of a fundraiser organized by the Injured Police Officer's Fund, with support from the officer's family - to help bridge the gaps for any expenses associated with officer Mikalonis' recovery.
"There's always additional costs and long-term medical things that may be needed for the officer, so this is extra that will kick in and help the family," Ojeda said.
Police say 20-year-old Edgar Samaniego shot and gravely injured Mikalonis. Samaniego appeared in court Friday and bail was set at $1 million.
"I'm just glad they do have somebody in custody, and we'll let the judicial system work," Ojeda said.
For now, she says officer Mikalonis will continue to be on her mind.
"Our hearts and prayers are obviously with the family at this time, and we're standing ready for whatever they may need," she said.
Anyone interested in donating can do so here.
A 7-year-old Theresa Babcock also showed support to local officers on Friday and greeted them at the hospital.
"I want to support the police, and when I grow up, I want to be in a K-9 unit. Because I love dogs and I love police officers," she said.
Babcock and her father arrived Friday to support him and other officers.
"They really got a kick out of her bringing donuts and her little police car down this time," Robert Babcock, Theresa's father, said.
Robert Babcock also said he struggled to tell his daughter about what happened to officer Mikalonis but says visiting the hospital was a good way to show their support.
"I like police officers because they help the community, and they're not fighting against people," Theresa Babcock said.
The 7-year-old offered words of encouragement for officer Mikalonis:
"I pray for you, and I love you."