Car wash to benefit family of fallen Chandler Police Officer Farrar
PHOENIX – Proceeds from a car wash Monday in Chandler will go to the family of a police officer killed in the line of duty last week.
Chandler Police Officer Christopher Farrar, 50, died late Thursday in Gilbert after he was hit by a suspect in a stolen vehicle.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Memorial Fund, the Chandler Police Department and the Cobblestone Auto Spa at Alma School and Germann roads hosting the fundraiser from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.
A $5 donation will be good for a polish and shine car wash, while a $10 donation or more will be good for a supreme full-service wash.
All other Cobblestone locations in the Valley will accept donations for the fund.
Donations are also being accepted at MCSO’s Memorial Fund website.
Authorities arrested Jonathan Altland, 25, and charged him with murder, aggravated assault and auto theft.
Altland is accused of leading law enforcement officers on a chase that began as a traffic stop in Pinal County, where sheriff’s deputies said he fired at them before fleeing.
Pursuit continued through Chandler and into Gilbert before Altland was captured at a car dealership near Loop 202 and Val Vista Drive. Police said Friday Altland stole a vehicle there and ran over officers in his escape attempt.
Gilbert Police Officer Rico Aranda suffered a serious head injury when he also was struck by the vehicle.
Services for Farrar begin Friday with a public viewing at 6 p.m. at Compass Christian Church at Alma School and Germann roads. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at the church.
Interment will follow at Valley of the Sun Mortuary and Cemetery on Chandler Heights Road near Arizona Avenue.