DS/SJRO TFO Hurricane Support

Puerto Rico Police Department Officers  Johnny Bencosme and Emily Roman have served as Task Force Officers assigned to the DS San Juan Resident Office for      7 years and 5 years respectively.  They have served as an integral part of our office and are valued members of our team.

Following the evacuation of all DOS direct-hire personnel from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria, Johnny and Emily remained behind to fulfill their public safety role, while maintaining the physical security of our office, vehicle fleet, and personal residences.  All of this while dealing with their own personal losses caused by the storm.

Currently, the island has no power,  most homes do not have running water, and gas/diesel are difficult to come by.  The situation is dire and Johnny and Emily need our help with basic necessities (dry goods, gas burner for cooking, water purification system, basic OTC meds, etc).  Any assistance for these two members of our DS extended family is greatly appreciated.

With the assistance of a contact from another agency, we should be able to get donated goods to Emily and Johnny quickly.

To comply with GoFundMe requirements and for the purposes of transparency:

1.Richard Hays, Department of State employee permanently assignd to San Juan, Puerto Rico but currently on evacuation orders to Miami, Florida

2.I am the direct supervisor of the recipients of this fund raising effort.

3. Funds will be spent at a Bass Pro Shop/Cabelas (or similar camping supply store) and local grocery store to purchase items for basic life support purposes (water purification, ability to cook hot meals, power flashlghts and fans, food items, etc)

4. Withdrawal will be made via personal bank account to pay for all items.  Copies of all receipts will be posted to facbook page for review by those who have  made donations.  Any remaining funds will be donated to the DS Foundation in Johnny and Emily's names (barring any objections from Donors or other interested parties). 

Thank you,
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Rick Hays 
Río Piedras, PR
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