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Photos, videos: Police departments around the U.S. rally to help Lahaina town decimated by wildfires

Striking photos show once-vibrant neighborhoods reduced to ash and rubble; see how PDs are helping those in their time of need


A general view shows the aftermath of a wildfire in Lahaina, Hawaii, Monday, Aug. 21, 2023.

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

By Police1 Staff

Two weeks ago, a wildfire swept through the Maui community of Lahaina, Hawaii. That wildfire has now been called the deadliest U.S. wildfire in more than a century, with a confirmed 115 people dead so far and more than 800 missing people.

Striking photos show once-vibrant neighborhoods reduced to ash and rubble. The Maui town of Lahaina, decimated by the fires, has received an outpour of support, including donations of water, food, shelter and essentials from those on the island and around the U.S.

Below, we’ve highlighted ways police departments have stepped up to help those in need as the community begins the long process of rebuilding. If your department is looking to help with Maui fire relief and recovery, here is a verified list of organizations you can donate to and share within your community. Lastly, read about how one police department pulled together to help an officer affected by Lahaina wildfire devastation.