The San Luis Obispo Police Department has received a large gift of Beanie Babies from the mother of the late SLOStringer, Matthew Frank.
Police Chief Deanna Cantrell posted a tweet Wednesday morning thanking Jacquelyn Frank for her donation, along with a picture showing staff and Jacquelyn Frank holding the Beanie Babies.
“We will pay them forward to kids we help in the days to come,” Cantrell wrote.
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Jacquelyn Frank told police that when Matthew was 3 years old, the two were in a car crash on Broad Street, according to a department Facebook post. When SLO police arrived at the scene, one of the responding officers, now-Lt. Bill Proll, gave young Matthew a small stuffed animal, which he loved.
“In donating the Beanie Babies, we can now pay them forward to children who like Matt so many years ago, drew comfort in a scary situation from a squeezable stuffed toy,” the department wrote.
Matthew Frank, who chased breaking news across the Central Coast as the anonymous SLOStringer, died in March after a car crash near the Cuesta Grade.
Since the 30-year-old’s death, community members and public officials have lamented his death in hundreds of Facebook and Twitter posts and with an outpouring of donations.
A memorial fund set up in his name raised $28,506 in eight months, and in July, the California State Assembly voted to name a portion of Highway 101 after Frank. Frank was also the subject of an episode of the Netflix original series, “Shot in the Dark.”