Lunchtime Fundraiser Held for Dallas Police Department After Former South L.A. Dispatcher Killed in Ambush

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Deputies at the South Los Angeles Sheriff’s station held a lunchtime fundraiser Tuesday for the Dallas Police Department after a former deputy was killed in last week’s ambush.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department South Los Angeles station held a fundraiser for the Dallas Police Department on July 12, 2016.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department South Los Angeles station held a fundraiser for the Dallas Police Department on July 12, 2016.

Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens worked for the sheriff’s department former Lennox station as a dispatcher from April 1991 through August 2007.

He then transferred to the Lancaster station before leaving for Dallas in 2002.

President Barack Obama mentioned Ahrens during a memorial for the slain officers on Tuesday, saying that he bought dinner for a homeless man the night before he died.

Capt. Merrill Landheim described Ahrens as a “fantastic guy” and a “good friend to have.”

“A big man with an even bigger heart,” he said.

Deputy Tim Crise, who worked with Ahrens, called the officer a “genuine, humble human being.”

Everybody who worked here during his time here has found memories of him, as they should. He was just a genuine, humble human being,” Crise said.

Ahrens is survived by a wife and two kids, ages 8 and 10.