This Thursday evening, June 9th, in Los Alamitos, nine food trucks will raise money for the family of Officer Andrew Garton, the Hawthorne motorcycle patrolman killed on May 26th while escorting the funeral of a Manhattan Beach police officer.

Chris Rocke, the owner of barbecue truck Rancho a GoGo said, “I had the idea to see if the food trucks that gather in Los Al on Thursday's Picnic at the Plaza would be interested in raising funds.” Rocke says Officer Garton's widow and two young sons live in Los Alamitos, so the idea spread quickly among other truck owners through Wendy Watson of GotFoodTrucks.com, the organizer of the weekly clustertruck.

According to Rocke, each truck is pledging 10% of sales this Thursday, which will go directly to the Garton family. This week's participants include:

Ragin Cajun on Wheels

Crepes Bonaparte

The Flip Truck

Kona Ice Beach Cities

Oh For Sweet's Sake

Ranchan Ramen

Rancho a Go Go

SlapFish Truck

Swinging Kitchen

Credit: Photo courtesy Rancho a GoGo

Credit: Photo courtesy Rancho a GoGo

Picnic at the Plaza is held in the parking lot of US Bank at 10942 Pine St, Los Alamitos every Thursday between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Proceeds will be donated to a trust fund set up by the Hawthorne Police Officers Association. Individual donors may send checks payable to “Officer Andrew Garton Family c/o HPOA.”

Western Federal Credit Union

Acct# 654404-006

14500 S. Aviation Blvd.

Hawthorne, CA 90250

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