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If you stop by Firestone Walker’s taproom in Paso this month, you can buy a pint and contribute to the family of a Thousand Oaks shooting victim.
The brewery is now serving the Helus Lager, a beer named for Ventura County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Helus, who was killed in the line of duty during the Borderline Bar & Grill shooting in Thousand Oaks last month.
The brewery is donating $1 of every pint sold to Helus’ family, according to Sean Weir, a spokesman for the brewery.
Helus, a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, was one of the first law enforcement officers to respond to the scene of the shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill on Nov. 7. Thirteen people were killed in the shooting, including the gunman.
Helus is survived by his wife and son.
“We were informed by some of our friends in the 805 that Sergeant Helus was a fan of our beers,” said co-owner David Walker in an emailed statement. “To honor him, in the best way we can, we are pouring our Firestone Lager — a classic Helles-style lager — and calling it ‘Helus Lager’ for the month of December.”
The beer is available at Firestone Walker’s taprooms in Paso Robles, Buellton and Venice throughout the month, Weir said.
“Please take the time to visit one of their taprooms and raise a glass to Ron for his service, friendship and sacrifice,” read a Facebook post about the beer from the Ventura County Deputy Sheriff’s Association.