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Palm Springs Police Officers' Association raising funds for officers lost in the line of duty

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The Palm Springs Police Officers Association has been working to raise money for the families of officers Jose "Gil" Vega and Lesley Zerebny.

Every Thursday, the association is selling shirts and flags at Village Fest in Palm Springs, raising enough money to have a highway dedicated in officers Zerebny and Vega's honor.

News Channel 3 / CBS Local 2's Lauren Coronado spoke with Vega's brother, Jose Hector Vega, at Village Fest today. He said he was buying a Highway Memorial shirt for Sunday's highway dedication.

Read: Fallen PSPD officers to be honored with highway dedication and memorial ceremony

Jose says it's bittersweet to have a highway dedicated after his brother.

"It's a great honor to have a highway made for my brother and Zerebny, but at the same time it doesn't bring my brother back," Jose said.

Jose is happy to see the continuous support from the community, nearly a year after the two officers passed away.

Check out our In the Line of Duty section for more stories on Vega and Zerebny

He also remembers when his brother would sit behind the PSOA's stand Thursdays at Village Fest

"Sid, who's manning the post here, my brother used to sit behind him in that chair. He (Vega) says a lot of people come by and donate and buy shirts, so its great for the community support to come by." Jose said.

People from near and far stopped by the stand, to support the fallen officers and their families.

"The support is unbelievable especially with everything going on these days, I bought a t-shirt I bought a hat," said Rocky Laudido from Desert Hot Springs.

"When the two officers were killed last year, the entire community was touched by the outpouring of support and the support continues," said Johnny T from Yucca Valley.

Fellow men and women in blue stopped by to show their support too.

"You never know what can happen. What happened to them was in the middle of the day and when it hits the fan, who's going to be there to call, we are," said one officer who stopped by to make a donation.

Over the course of the year, the money raised has helped make Sunday's highway memorial and dedication possible.


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