Fundraiser held for wounded Fremont officer

September 1, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Fremont officer shot Friday by a suspected gang member is still in serious condition. Officer Todd Young is stable, but still has a long way to go. So people are stepping up through blood donations and fundraisers to help the officer and his family.

Wednesday night, people bought raffle tickets, drinks, and sports memorabilia to help Young who was shot and wounded while serving a search warrant in Oakland.

"He's improving. He's still in serious condition and he still has a long road ahead of him," says Fremont Police Lt. Gus Arroyo.

Young remains at Oakland's Highland Hospital, where he will undergo several more surgeries this week. Authorities said if they hadn't rushed him to highland so quickly, he may have bled to death.

The blood drives for Young are still underway. One took place Wednesday afternoon at Young's alma mater, Santa Clara High School.

Several more blood drives are planned throughout the Bay Area.

With the outpouring of support, it is the reason why others wanted to help in a different way.

"We're just trying to raise money, 100 percent of everything we make tonight is going to him and his family," says Audrey Scott, the fundraiser organizer.

Young was shot Friday, but by Sunday -- just two days later -- the owner of a Fremont bar started organizing Wednesday's fundraiser. She is also a Redwood City dispatcher.

Starbucks, local wine distributors and athletes donated thousands of dollars worth of items for free, because they all know the money will be needed.

"From what I've been told its not looking good so he may have to change his entire life style, the way he drives, his house, they may have to do things if he's in a wheel chair," says Scott.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried," says Tony Morales a former Fremont police officer.

Morales worked patrol with officer Young for two years.

"He's a strong guy, a strong character, so if he can make it back physically, I'm sure mentally he'll rebound pretty well," says Morales.

Meantime, Andrew Barrientos, the man accused of shooting Young is awaiting extradition from San Diego.

Blood Donation Information:

Santa Rosa Police Officers' Association and the Blood Bank of the Redwoods will be hosting a blood drive in honor of Officer Todd Young on Tuesday, September 7, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Santa Rosa Police Department. More information about donating blood can be found at www.bbr.org.

People can help by donating blood for Young also with the American Red Cross. Appointments can be scheduled at any of the below American Red Cross locations by calling 1-800-448-3543 or 1-800-733-2767, or by going to www.redcrossbayarea.org. Some locations are open until 7:30 p.m.

There are five American Red Cross Agencies in the Bay Area that are accepting donations:

Pleasant Hill
140 Gregory Lane Ste 120
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Oakland
6230 Claremont Avenue
Oakland, CA 94618

Pleasanton
5556 N Springdale Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94588

San Jose
2731 North 1st Street
San Jose, CA

Newark
39227 Cedar Blvd
Newark, CA 94560


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