'INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL' | Community remembers Officer Caprio

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Maryland citizens are honoring fallen Officer Amy Caprio with very public memorials, like the flowers, balloons and crosses that are being left in front of Parkville police Precinct 8 where Officer Caprio was stationed.

Dozens of others are also supporting a cause that was very close to her heart.

“It's overwhelming. It's bittersweet,” said Jen Swanson, executive director of the Humane Society of Harford County.

Officer Caprio’s family is requesting donations be made there in lieu of flowers for the fallen Baltimore County police officer.

“She and her husband Tim adopted 'Doodle' from us in October 2015. Doodle is a beautiful brindle pit bull and very, very sweet,” said Swanson.

Officer Caprio's love of her dog and others was well-known.

She even kept a leash and dog treats with her on patrol just in case.

“I think Doodle was just so important to their family and she wanted to make sure she was honoring Doodle and the family wanting to make sure they were honoring her. This is the result of that. The shelter will benefit so greatly. The animals will benefit and it will help just thousands of animals,” says Swanson.

They've already received close to $2,000 in donations.

“We're just so incredibly grateful,” she said.

Donations to the shelter can be made online in Officer Caprio's memory at harfordshelter.org.

“They can put her name in there and any special message they'd like we can relay to the family.”

Officer Caprio would have turned 30 on May 27.

Instead of a big celebration, her family is preparing their final goodbye.

They've also requested contributions be made to the Police Assistance Relief Fund, which helps active duty members of the department dealing with personal hardships.

“She's already had such an amazing legacy, helping society, helping the world,” said Swanson. “This will just be one more thing she's done now, one of her final acts.”

Donations may be sent to the Humane Society of Harford County, 2208 Connolly Road, Fallston, MD 21047, www.HarfordShelter.org; and to the Police Assistance Relief (PAR Fund), FOP Lodge 4, 9304 Harford Road, Baltimore, Maryland US.

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