Friends of Brookings resident Joel Ramos, a Pelican Bay State Prison correctional officer who died in a car accident July 19, are hosting a car wash, raffle and bake sale today (July 26) to raise money for his surviving wife and three children.
“It’s a way that the CO family and community can help out,” said Brookings resident Cassandra Nelson, whose husband is a correctional officer.
The fundraiser is schedule for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Brookings Harbor Medical Center, at the corner of Chetco Avenue and Oak Street in Brookings.
Ramos, 29, left behind his wife, Stacey, and three children, Alexis, 8 months, Natalie, 6, and Joel Jr., 8.
Authorities believe that fatigue may have played a part in the death of Ramos, who crashed his car on Highway 101 on the Oregon side of the state line after working a double shift at Pelican Bay State Prison.
The Oregon State Police said Ramos was driving his 2007 Dodge Caliber north to Brookings when the car crossed into the oncoming lane, then off the road and crashed head-on into a tree.
Ramos was using a seatbelt, and the car’s airbags had deployed.
A online crowd-funding account has been set up to raise money for the Ramos family. The website is www.gofundme.com/ramosfamilyfund. So far, 45 people have donated $3,250.
The Web page was established by Nicole Diele and Jamiela Machado, friends of Stacey Ramos.
The Ramos family relocated from the Merced, California, area to Brookings several years ago when Joel decided to pursue a career as a correctional officer, according to a message by Diele and Machado posted on the website.
The message read, “As one can imagine this is an extremely difficult time as a loved one and sole provider for a family has been lost. Joel worked hard to provide for his family which allowed Stacey to remain at home with their children. We are reaching out to local businesses in hopes that writing this letter will fall into the hands of the correct person who may be able to donate something to help this family during this trying time whether it is food, money, or clothing anything at all would be appreciated.”