ROCKLIN, Calif. (KTXL) — The outpouring of support and tributes is growing for Officer Tyler “Ty” Lenehan and his family.
Members of the community continue to come by with flowers, handwritten notes and candles adding to the memorial at the Elk Grove police station.
A bright light of personality is how Lenehan’s family described him Sunday.
New photos show the family man through the years pictured with his wife and two children.
A fund has been set up for the Lenehan family so the public can donate.
At Kinetic Ink Tattoo Company in Rocklin, owner Danny O’Neel runs a nonprofit group called Warfighter Overwatch.
Warfighter Overwatch supports first responders and their relatives.
“The community is here,” O’Neel told FOX40. “It’s imperative, in my opinion, that the community stands up and lets their voice be heard that we are here for the Lenehan family and whatever they need from us.”
O’Neel is organizing a hike on Sunday, Feb. 6, to help raise money for the Lenehan family.
Lenehan served five years in the U.S. Air Force and served with the Citrus Heights, Galt, and Elk Grove police departments.
“I served in the military, and I understand loss and grief and it’s a process. I know it sucked when I felt like I was alone having to go through that and I want to make sure his family doesn’t have to feel that,” O’Neel said.
Tribute for Lenehan also came from his church, Gold Country Baptist Church in Shingle Springs.
In an online tribute, the church said Lenehan was known for his big heart for the Lord, and for his family, and for his larger-than-life smile.
During testimony for his church’s men’s group last year, Lenehan shared his life story and the events that led him to find God.
O’Neel said he hopes Lenehan’s name is never forgotten and one way he is helping that effort is by placing Lenehan’s name on a wall that honors fallen first responders.
“These are the kind of stories you will hear, about these heroes, people who served their country in the military, as well as back here as a first responder. We want to make sure we keep their stories and their names being spoken every day,” O’Neel said.
The memorial hike is going to be at the Clementine Trail in Auburn starting at 10 a.m.
O’Neel said all the money raised will be donated to the memorial fund set by the California Association Highway Patrolmen Credit Union.
For those who want to donate, tap or click here.
Funeral service details for Lenehan are still being worked out.