Yesterday, April 4, 2018, Snoqualmie Police Officers Rick Cary and Scott Bruton decided they need to do something to help a family now facing unimaginable circumstances after a sudden Easter night snow storm caused a tragic and deadly car accident near North Bend.
The two officers were first on the scene after the Helfenstein family car left eastbound I-90, hit a guard rail and went about 20 feet down an embankment. The accident took the life of 27-year old Alyssa and her unborn child and sent her 31-year old husband and two young children to Harborview Medical Center.
Officer Cary said, “Scott and I wanted to do something more to help. We are both husbands and fathers.” They say they were extremely heartbroken for the family.
Cary commented, “While we have to keep those emotions aside during situations, it doesn’t mean they don’t come at us once we take a breath after an incident like that.”
So they launched a GoFundMe account on behalf of the Snoqualmie Police Association, calling it the Alyssa Helfenstein Memorial Fund.
The officers had hoped to raise $5000 to help the family which is now facing medical costs, an unexpected funeral, new car expenses and husband Danny needing to take time off from work to recover.
They wanted to help in any way they could and felt the GoFundMe was the least they can do.
And many in the Snoqualmie Valley community have stepped in to help over the past 24 hours… with the fund hitting that $5000 mark rather quickly. Another fund was also set up by a family member, which has not reached its goal yet.
If you’d like more info or to donate to the Alyssa Helfenstein Memorial Foundation visit www.gofundme.com/alyssa-helfenstein-memorial-fund