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Police selling coins to help fallen officers’ families

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Police in Des Moines have started a new campaign to help the families of two fallen officers.

The department has created coins to honor Officers Susan Farrell and Carlos Puente-Morales. The two were killed in March by a drunk driver.

The officer's badges are displayed on the front and the back lists all Des Moines officers killed in the line of duty.

"I think it's part of working through the grief," said Sergeant Paul Parizek of Des Moines Police. "That's where this idea came from, we wanted to create something that we could share with the community, show them appreciation for their support and at the same time raise more money for the families.

The coins are $5 each with all the money going back to the officers' families.

"It's not surprising the community support and the community coming out and wanting to keep giving and it's nice to be able to give them something that they can hold in their hand and remember," said Parizek.

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