APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- Police organizations held a fundraiser Saturday for fallen officers.

The event was held at Wild Bill's in Apple Valley and was planned months ahead of the shooting death of Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick.

Organizers say his tragic story is why they need to help families of fallen officers. The police groups help victims and families travel to many events throughout the year.

On average, around 150 law enforcement officers die every year in the U.S.