ST. LOUIS — The North County Police Cooperative is urging anyone interested in making donations to the family of its fallen officer to use caution and only give to approved organizations.
"On behalf of the North County Police Cooperative and the family of Police Officer Michael Langsdorf, we are extending our sincere appreciation and thanks for the overwhelming support, which has been shown from the entire St. Louis Metropolitan area during these difficult times," according to a news release.
"Unfortunately, there are some in our society who will take advantage of those willing to contribute monetary gifts as a way of showing appreciation or offering support, for those immediately affected by the tragedy. We caution any community members, business owners, etc. to use good judgment if being solicited to donate monetary gifts as there are only two organizations that have been approved at this time to accept monetary gifts."
The department said the only two organizations that the Langsdorf family has endorsed are First Community Credit Union and The Backstoppers Inc.
First Community Credit Union will send all donations made at its locations throughout the area to Langsdorf's immediate family, which includes his two children, a son, 18, and a daughter, 13.
The Backstoppers Inc. is a nonprofit group that financially supports immediate family members of officers, firefighters and publicly funded paramedics or EMTs who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty.
The organization has already given Langsdorf’s family a $10,000 check. Within a few weeks, BackStoppers will meet with the family and help pay off its debts, which could include mortgage, car loans, education costs and any extraordinary expenses.
Services for Langsdorf, 40, who was fatally shot by a man police say was trying to cash a bad check in Wellston, will be Sunday and Monday.
Visitation is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary, 6464 Chippewa Street in St. Louis. The funeral Mass will take place at 10 a.m. Monday at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Boulevard. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 6901 Mackenzie Road in St. Louis County.
Bonette Kymbrelle Meeks, 26, of Berkeley, was charged Monday with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a weapon and resisting arrest. Meeks is being held without bail at the St. Louis County Jail.
Langsdorf had worked for the cooperative for three months, after serving the St. Louis Police Department for 17 years.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his fiancée and by his parents.