ITHACA, NY (WENY) -- WENY News has continuing coverage of a story we first brought you Friday night at 11. A fire completely destroyed the home of an Ithaca Police Officer who lived in Odessa. We visited the Ithaca Police Department this afternoon to learn more about how the station is helping one of their own.

We spoke with Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor, who tells me he and his staff are rallying behind their fellow officer.  Nayor tells us, since the tragic event happened they have been receiving calls from the community about donating things like Christmas gifts for the family.

"He does have 3 young children and his wife, but he does have tremendous support here. I've been in contact and the way the conversations go it's for him to let me know what he needs and at anytime to call and we'll make sure we're there for him and doing anything we can to help him and his family out. I've had people reach out and ask how they can reach out and give Christmas gifts for him and his children," said Nayor.

The home, which is a total loss, displaced the officer and his family. To help out, the Ithaca Police Benevolent Association has set up a GoFundMe page, with a goal of raising 5-thousand dollars, and as of 5 this evening the page has already raised over $17 thousand dollars!

Mayor says, "I know the P.B.A. is working together and a GoFundMe page has been set up. I believe there's a link to that on the P.B.A's Facebook page so if people are interested they can just go to the P.B.A's page and they can find access to that link, but this is really a tough time of year for anything like that to happen. It's the winter time, it's the holiday season and we are doing whatever we can to help."

A link to the P.B.A's Facebook page can be found by clicking here.