Bethesda restaurant raises funds for officer’s family

More than a year after it happened, the tragedy seems no less horrible: A Montgomery County police officer rushes to help another officer, veers off the road, slams into a tree, dies, and leaves behind a wife pregnant with triplets.

If you’re dining in Bethesda today, you can help. bd’s Mongolian Grill will donate a portion of all sales to the family of the fallen officer, Hector Ayala.

Mike Miller, the operating partner of the restaurant, said he hopes to collect at least $2,500. The Ayala’s also had a 14-month-old son at the time of the crash.

“If you’re raising four kids, there’s never enough money,” Miller said.

The restaurant, 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Donations to the family also can be sent to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Officers Relief Fund. Checks should be made payable to payable to “MCLEORF,” 18512 Office Park Drive, Montgomery Village, MD 20886. The name “Ayala” should be written in the memo portion of the check.

Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County. He arrived at the paper in 2005, after reporting stops at the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun and Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is the author of The Yoga Store Murder.

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