Rudy Madrid fundraisers continue with Aug. 31 gun raffle

Officer Rudy Madrid & Family

The fundraising efforts to benefit Officer Rudy Madrid, a victim of esophageal cancer, began earlier in the summer and will continue through the end of August.

The fundraising included three events sponsored by Rudy’s fellow officers and members of the HPD Marksmanship Team. The funds are channeled through Assist the Officer Foundation.

The online auction benefiting Madrid ended Friday, July 31, netting a total of at least $20,630, between donations and the auction.

Madrid, a 29-year HPD veteran, is stationed at Airport-IAH Division, where fellow officers Laura Salitros and Pam Slater led the coordination of the “FIGHTer” T-shirt campaign that raised $5,000.

Officers Salitros and Slater, along with Officer Peter Esbrandt, coordinated a barbecue fundraiser that was subsequently cancelled due to social distancing guidelines. The Assist the Officer Foundation (ATO) helped redirect those efforts by coordinating an online auction in place of the barbecue.

The online auction featured sports memorabilia, AR-15s, a Labrador puppy with papers and other enticing items.

The gun raffle, where a $20 donation affords the participant one entry, or six entries for donations of $100, will see the benefits going toward Madrid’s growing medical bills.  The event will be live streamed on the ATO Facebook page at noon, Aug 31.

“We urge all officers and their family members and friends to realize they still have plenty of time to purchase raffle tickets,” Assist the Officer’s Gabriela Gregory said.  For Madrid Gun Raffle tickets, please contact Gabriela at

Items to be raffled include:

  • Mossberg 12-guage shotgun
  • Sig Sauer P365
  • Glock 17 MOS
  • Glock 43X
  • A certificate to be redeemed for your choice of qualifying Glock pistols
  • DPMS AR-15
  • Daniel Defense 6.5mm Creedmoor with .308 barrel and reaction
  • Trijicon Optics
  • Benchmade knife
  • ZT knife
  • And possibly more!!

Special thanks to the following:

Alan Helfman – River Oaks CJDR, Shoot Point Blank, Spring Guns & Ammo, Glock Firearms, Sig Sauer Firearms, Vortex Optics, Topgolf, Fortis K-9 LLC, Clubs of Kingwood, Tour 18 Golf Course, Memorial Park Golf Course, Lisa McClinton – Still Waters Spa, Merle Norman – Montgomery, Kat Mack Photography, Alspaugh’s Boutique, Papa’s WoodshopZ, the HPD Marksmanship Team and the long list of contributors who helped make this initiative a success.

Auction puppy update in September!