1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
On Friday, May 26, 2017 we lost our gentle and dedicated colleague Rick Best to a brutal attack aboard a MAX train. Rick was a permit technician on the Permitting Services Team. He was dedicated to his work and family leaving an imprint on the whole world. He was an exceptional person who will be dearly missed. We will never forget our friend, his courage, Portland’s Hero.
This city is in pain, and so are all of the victims of this tragedy. Our hearts go out to the heroes who gave their lives to save two strangers who could have lost theirs. If you want to donate, below is a list of crowdfunding accounts for all victims and families affected by this terrible tragedy.
Rick is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter, ages 19, 17, 15, and 12. He frequently spoke of his family to his friends at work, and was so proud of his children. He clearly had a close relationship and special rapport with each of his children, and his family gave him so much happiness. With the loss of their father, it is important that we, his friends, colleagues, and the broader community who are touched by his sacrifice, step in to assist the family in Financially supporting the children's college education. This fund will be used to help pay for college tuition and expenses for Rick's four children.
Tri Met Heroes – For the families of the two victims who died
The GoFundMe is to help the victims with costs as a result of their deaths and injuries. All donations will go to the victim's families. Hopefully the goal is just a starting point. They will certainly need more than this. And no amount of money will ever lessen their heartbreak.
Tri Met Hero recovery expenses for the injured victim
The GoFundMe account was started to cover hospital and recovery expenses by friends of the good Smaritan who was stabbed and critically injured while heroically intervening during the racist terrorist incident that left 2 men dead. He bravely did what anyone should do when confronted with terrorism and stepped in to stop the harassment of Muslim women by a known White Supremacist.
For the two women who survived Portland’s MAX Attack
The girls, 16 and 17-years-old, are suffering immense trauma in the aftermath of this tragedy. Although they survived, their lives will never be the same as they were being the targets of hate. In order to help them heal from this traumatic event we are raising funds to help girls to move on and feel safe in the future. The funds will go toward basic necessities like meals and transportation, as they feel unsafe to ride public transportation after their experience. Most importantly, funds will go toward mental health services to ensure their mental and emotional welfare.
Erect a Memorial for PDX Heroes
Fundraising proceeds will firstly help with the immediate, short-term needs of the grieving families - including funeral expenses. If needed, funds will also help with the medical bills of Micah David-Cole Fletcher (currently hospitalized). After all immediate expenses - such as funeral and memorial services - are covered, extra funds will go towards long-term expenses of the families. For example, Mr. Best - one of the victims - left behind a wife and four children. His family will definitely need significant help since all of his kids are still teenagers or younger - still needing to go through college.