Donut Mart offers deal to benefit first responders

Posted at: 10/30/2013 1:06 PM
Updated at: 10/30/2013 1:11 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ALBUQUERQUE -- It's been a difficult week for New Mexico law enforcement.

After three APD officers and one Bernalillo County deputy were shot during a car chase on Saturday, a local donut chain decided it was time to give back to the men and women who put their lives on the line every day.

Early Wednesday, all Albuquerque Donut Mart locations gave away free coffee and donuts to police officers, firefighters and deputies as part of its "Breakfast for Badges" effort.

Also starting Wednesday, October 30 to Wednesday, November 6, Donut Mart will give $1 for every dozen donuts purchased to the "100 Club of New Mexico." The club helps New Mexico families of first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Acting APD Police Chief Allen Banks told KOB the past couple of days have been difficult for his department, but he appreciates the tremendous support they've received.

"Albuquerque is a great community. I was born and raised in this community. I love this community for that reason because we are a tightknit community and we take care of each other," he said.

Banks is not sure when the injured officers will come back to work. He said they're just focusing on the healing stage.

Those who donate or buy a dozen donuts at Donut Mart until next Wednesday will also get a voucher for a 2014 Isotopes baseball game.