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Firefighters hold boot drive for families of shooting victims

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The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department identified the officers killed in an ambush-style shooting at a restaurant as Officer Igor Soldo, 31, left, and Officer Alyn Beck, 41, right. (Source: LVMPD) The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department identified the officers killed in an ambush-style shooting at a restaurant as Officer Igor Soldo, 31, left, and Officer Alyn Beck, 41, right. (Source: LVMPD)
Joseph Wilcox, in an undated photo provided by his family. Joseph Wilcox, in an undated photo provided by his family.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

As family, friends and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department prepare for a second officer funeral on Saturday morning, efforts to raise funds for the families of the deceased continue.

On Friday, the Clark County Fire Department held a boot drive at the Walmart on North Nellis Boulevard near Stewart Avenue, where 31-year-old Joseph Wilcox lost his life in a shooting on Sunday. They also collected at a second location, the Sam's Club located at Eastern and Serene avenues.

Clark County Fire Capt. Mike Mallory said he and other firefighters worked closely with Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, who lost their lives at the CiCi's Pizza located across the street from the Walmart on Nellis.

Mallory said the crew at Station 16 considered Beck and Soldo family, and although they didn't know Wilcox, who stood up to the shooters, they wanted to honor him as well.

"They come in, drink coffee, shoot the breeze. They have always had our back. If something goes wrong on a call, they are always there to save our butts if something is really bad," Mallory said of Beck and Soldo.

Joe Gigante said he didn't think twice before donating at the drive, put together by the Injured Police Officers Fund.

"It's a time to support them. They need our support," he said. "It's the least I can do as a citizen of the Valley, to support the families that are suffering."

Metro's Sgt. Richard Strader said it's been a difficult week for the department and that there will be many more, but witnessing the community come together has given officers strength.

"It renews your faith in humanity when you come out here and see people who are actually coming up to us and, you know, giving us their condolences," Strader said.

Strader said he's comforted knowing the wives and children of the fallen officers will be taken care of.

"Two families and a whole bunch of young kids just lost their primary source of income," he said.

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