At 6:00 am this morning, the Burger King at the corner of West Cesar Chavez Avenue and Grand Avenue opened its doors to raise funds for the LAPD Family once again. 100% of today’s proceeds will go directly to the family of Officer Randy Simmons, who tragically lost his life in the line of duty in the early hours of Thursday, February 7, 2008, when he and his SWAT team members responded to a call of an armed suspect barricaded inside a residence.
Burger King staff are hard at work taking orders from police officers from surrounding law enforcement agencies, City employees, and community members who been continually arriving throughout the day showing their financial and emotional support.
This fundraiser is made possible by the Cimm’s Inc. that is owned by Laurence and Ralph Cimmarusti, brothers who have a long history of supporting and fundraising for the LAPD.
They have a personal connection with the law enforcement community, as their brother in-law is retired after 40 years of service as an LAPD officer. Cimm’s Inc. owns and operates more than 50 Burger King restaurants in California and Texas and has been a franchisee of Burger King Corporation for more than 30 years.
Two years ago Laurence and Ralph Cimmarusti held this same fundraiser for Officer Landon Dorris, Northeast Area, who was killed in the line of duty when he was struck by a vehicle while investigating a minor traffic collision.