When you think about fallen police officers, images of devestated spouses and funeral processions pop into your head. What’s often forgotten are the children who will have to grow up without a parent forever.
Brave men and women like Officer Lesley Zerebny from Palm Springs, California, put on their uniforms every day despite the danger they know is lurking around any given corner and their families waiting at home for their safe return.
Unfortunately, Officer Lesley was only 27-years-old when she was shot and killed during the investigation of a domestic dispute on October 8, 2016, leaving her husband and newborn baby girl to go on without her.
Everything, from changing diapers alone to feeding time, was different for her now-widowed husband Zack and baby girl Cora. Zack tried his best to make up for his wife’s absence, but there was one thing he couldn’t physically provide Cora – it was something only a mother could give….
Zack knew how important breast milk was for Cora’s growth and development, but with his wife gone, he had no way of providing that for her. That’s when something amazing happened!
KTVU reporter Claudine Wong, got word of Officer Lesley’s tragic story and shared how the community rallied around Zack and Cora in a very special, and undoubtedly unique way:
This effort started on social media when a family member posted asking for prayers. That family member happened to be in the Monterey area and when a local woman named Ashley asked if donated breast milk could help, she said yes and then this incredible effort got underway.
It didn’t take long but tonight more than 500 ounces of breast milk from moms the Monterey area were delivered to that family member to take back to Cora.
It was gathered in just 24 hours and they estimate that the milk could last for more than a month. It will be screened and tested before it can be used.”
Not only will this supply of breastmilk give Cora the vitamins and nutrients she needs to thrive, but it will also save Zack the money and time spent shopping for formula. He can use that precious time to raise his daughter instead!
In addition the the breastmilk donations, others have donated money through the GoFundMe page set up to support them both. Even the smallest amount could help ease the worries of a husband and daughter left to grieve.
-Officer Lesley Zerebny lost her life in the line of duty a few days after returning from maternity leave. The next day, her deputy husband found a mysterious delivery at his front door.
A dash-cam video has been released by Florida’s Indian River County’s Sheriff’s Department that shows exactly why police officers have to be on their guard at all times and treat every suspect, no matter what their race, as a possible danger.
Every police officer knows that any traffic stop can flip from, just another day, to a dangerous situation that they might not return home from, in a matter of seconds. They cannot know who has hidden weapons, and they cannot know who has the intent to use them.
That is exactly what happened to Indian River County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Lester when he pulled over Anderew Coffee, 52.
The traffic stop occurred when Lester noticed that Coffee did not have a tag on his scooter. In the video, Lester can be heard telling the suspect not to reach into his pockets and put his hands on the hood of the police cruiser.
Coffee, seemed to comply, but then turned back to the officer and asked, “What’s the problem.”
Lester insisted that Coffee put his hands on the hood, and that’s when the suspect punched the police officer. Coffee then reached into his waistband, pulled out a gun, and ran over to where the officer fell offscreen.
Though the actual shooting cannot be seen from the footage, the Sheriff’s Department have said that Coffee stood over Lester and fired down at him. Lester was able to fire back, and allegedly struck Coffee twice. The suspect is then seen limping across the road as he tries to flee the scene. Police were able to apprehend Coffee when a K-9 unit found him hiding behind a stack of crates at a nearby fruit packaging company.
Deputy Lester is recovering at the Indian River Medical Center and is described as being in good condition, while Coffee is undergoing surgery at Lawnwood Medical Center, and is described as being in stable condition.
Channel 5 West Palm Beach TV reports that Coffee was released from prison last year after serving a 21 year prison sentence for first degree murder. He has a long rap sheet that includes aggravated assault, possession of cocaine, battery, sale of cocaine, and first degree murder with a firearm.
Though it is unclear how Coffee, a convicted felon, obtained a firearm, it further demonstrates how gun laws do not prevent criminals from obtaining them.
The entire scene on the dash-cam video took less than one minute to play out, and shows how a simple traffic stop can turn into potential murder scene in the blink of an eye.
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Last September, little Jayden woken up in the middle of the night. The loud hum of the helicopters flying above and the blaring siren noises along the streets startled him from sleep. And as a five-year-old boy, he was terrified at the noises and what they meant. Jayden lives with his mother Deanna Hooker in Charlotte, North Carolina. And the ruckus was caused after the community erupted into riotous rage after the killing of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. But the boy made it through the night with the support of his adoring mother. But the next day, things changed for Jayden. And that’s how he wound up in the police station.
When Deanna was driving Jayden to school the next morning, a report came in on the radio that said that police officers had been hurt. Jayden’s heart went out to the men and women of Charlotte who were dedicated to protecting him, his mother and his community. Jayden told his mother that he wanted to help the police officers and help make them feel better. That’s why Deanna and Jayden went to the local shop and picked up some doughnuts. Plus, little Jayden made a sign.
With the sign draped around Jayden’s neck, he walked into the local police station. As soon as the officer at the desk saw the little boy, the cop’s heart swelled with pride in the boy and sadness for the injured officers. But Jayden was there to offer some comfort to the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep Charlotte safe.
Little Jayden’s sign read, “Free Hugs.” It was tied around his neck. And he wanted to come to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to put the sign into use to lift the cops’ spirits.
Jayden wasn’t just offering free hugs though, he really wanted to help the officers feel better, especially since some had been injured recently. Officers knelt down so the small Jayden could wrap his loving, little arms around them. And he looked each cop in the eye and told them that he wanted them to feel better and to not be too scared. Although Jayden had never met any of these officers, he felt pride in his community and wanted the cops to feel confident that they were doing good work although it was tough from day to day.
Because Jayden could understand that the police would be sad that their friends and coworkers got hurt, he wanted them to know that at least he was on their side – although the rest of the community seemed to be fighting against them.
Deanna brought her son’s story to the Facebook page called Love What Matters.
We all could be more generous with our empathy and support. People are suffering in many ways around this country. If we took a moment to look at it from their shoes, we could connect and help make the world a better place.
We can’t just leave it to 5-year-olds to show the adults how to be a good human.
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—A Boy Walks Into A Police Station, Officer Drops To His Knees When He Sees It Around His Neck
When a police officer in South Carolina responded to a 13-year-old boy’s phone call, he never expected what would happen next.
13-year-old Cameron Simmons made a distressed call to the Sumter Police Department. Officer Gaetano Acerra was the man who paid the boy a visit at his home. In a one-on-one meeting with Cameron, the officer learned the distraught child wanted to run away from home. He said his mother was yelling at him for playing his older brother’s video games. But Officer Acerra soon learned the issue was much deeper than that.
Cameron led the officer inside his house, and then into his bedroom. His room was completely empty. His clothes were thrown in a trash bag. He didn’t even have a bed.
The officer learned Cameron’s mother fell on hard times after having to make an unexpected move from Texas to South Carolina to care for a sick relative.
That’s when Officer Acerra did the unthinkable. Touched beyond belief, he totally went beyond the call of duty.
Cameron, his brother and his mom had no idea that Officer Acerra was busy organizing a major surprise. He spent weeks gathering items for the family — and putting together a complete bedroom for his new friend Cameron.
With the help of his brother, Acerra loaded up and dropped off a brand new desk, chair, television, bed and Wii game system for Cameron. He also gave Cameron’s brother a full bedroom and an air hockey table for them to play together.
Cameron was shocked to tears. His grateful mother was in complete disbelief. And after the story went viral, people from all over the world began making contributions to the family.
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Deputy Adam Rendall Dies
Marion County, FL – Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Rendall died early Wednesday, July 12, according to WESH.
Marion County Deputies responded to Deputy Rendall’s home for a reported suicide, and found him dead.
In an emotional video posted to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page, Sheriff Billy Woods talked about that call, his shock and sadness, and he asked for prayer for the deputies in his department. He also talked about the “above and beyond” job that his deputies do, and that there is help for “those that are contemplating taking their own life”.
In that video: Sheriff Woods said:
“Hello Marion County Citizens, I’m your Sheriff Billy Woods. Today, I come to you with a heavy heart. Earlier Today, our agency experienced a tragedy that I want to personally let our citizens know about.
Our deputies were called to the scene of a suicide this afternoon. When we arrived, we found that one of our own deputies had taken his life. I am shocked and saddened by this news. Those of you that have lost a loved one to suicide know the pain and sadness it brings to those who knew that person…I want to let everyone know that there is help available to you if you are at a point that you are contemplating taking your life. T
he National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-TALK and COP LINE National Law Enforcement Officer Hotline 1-800-267-5463 if you need help and there are many counseling services available to you here in Marion County as well.
Here at the Sheriff’s Office, we have an employee assistance program to provide these services to our own when they reach out for help. So I would encourage you to please reach out for help if you find yourself at a place in life that you need help…”
Deputy Rendall was a 13-year veteran of the MCSD. He served in various areas of patrol.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Adam Rendall, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
You can see the message from the Sheriff below:
Hello Marion County Citizens, I’m your Sheriff Billy Woods. Today, I come to you with a heavy heart. Earlier Today, our agency experienced a tragedy that I want to personally let our citizens know about. Our deputies were called to the scene of a suicide this afternoon. When we arrived, we found that one of our own deputies had taken his life. I am shocked and saddened by this news. Those of you that have lost a loved one to suicide know the pain and sadness it brings to those who knew that person. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends today. I ask that you would also keep my deputies that worked alongside him in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days and weeks as they cope with this tragic event. I know that those who knew him will be looking for answers, comfort and peace to assuage their sadness. I pray that we can all find that comfort and strength we will need. I meet many of our citizens who tell me how great a job our deputies do and how much they appreciate them. Many of our deputies go above and beyond on a daily basis and have earned your respect and love. So, I know that you grieve with us and I thank you for that. Right now, my focus is to be sure that we assist his family members and those in our agency that are impacted by this sudden and tragic loss. I want to let everyone know that there is help available to you if you are at a point that you are contemplating taking your life. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 1-800-273-TALK and COP LINE National Law Enforcement Officer Hotline 1-800-267-5463 if you need help and there are many counseling services available to you here in Marion County as well. Here at the Sheriff’s Office, we have an employee assistance program to provide these services to our own when they reach out for help. So I would encourage you to please reach out for help if you find yourself at a place in life that you need help. Adam Rendall began serving the citizens of this county in 2004. He has worked on patrol in various areas of the county and no doubt, those that he met couldn’t help but appreciate his big personality. Recently, you may have seen on our Facebook page where a child came up to Adam and gave him a stuffed animal. He said that sweet act of kindness made his night. Again, I appreciate your thoughts and prayers for Adam’s family, friends and fellow deputies. He will be missed.
Now this is one kind of a Police threat that many have already backed up, and the reason this has gone viral is that it does not have anything to do with race, it has all to do with a bunch of extremely well-armed Police officers, at one end, and a gang called the “Gremlin Gang” on the other end of the stick.
The pissed off captain starred right into the camera and challenged the gang members personally calling them out by staring the following: “Darren Carter, you think men like these are afraid of an uneducated, 125 pound punk like you, that’s never won a fair fight in your life and holds your gun sideways?”
HE also continued to put the fear in them by saying: “Young man, I’ll meet you on solid group anytime, light or heavy, makes no difference to me. You won’t walk away.”
In conclusion, the police captain Higgins wanted to make sure that this challenge had nothing to do with race and will never do so he stated: “And for those who will use this message to create false racial division in our country, take a close look behind me,”
He continued; “Standing next to every cop is a leader of our black community. This is not about race, it’s about right versus wrong.”
What do you think about this challenge?
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A couple in Massachusetts had just gone to bed when they heard a commotion outside their home. A lone cop had been shot by a thug, who immediately took off, leaving the officer there to die when the couple found him in their yard. With no backup around to see it, the pair made a quick plan, the results of which left arriving help in shock.
Auburn police officer Ronald Tarentino
Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino had been ambushed by Jorge Zambrano, who cowardly scampered off into the darkness, leaving the brave 45-year-old father-of-three alone to suffer the consequences right outside Tammy Lemieux’s house. The woman and her husband were startled by what they thought were firecrackers when they went out to investigate and saw what really happened.
Before they even made it out the front door, their hearts sank at the sound of a desperate man using his dying breath to yell out for assistance. “Help!” and “Officer down!” the Lemieuxes heard Tarentino shout, as they opened their door and saw his bloody body on the ground. Without hesitation, they grabbed towels and ran to the mortally wounded cop, but what Tammy did next would leave arriving officers speechless.
Tammy Lemieux and her husband
Holding his hand as her husband supported his head in his hands, she whispered reassuring words of kindness and peace to this complete stranger. “I held his hand and I told him everything would be okay and my husband held his head up with a towel. He said, ‘help me, help me.’ I said, ‘help is on the way,’” the compassionate woman explained to WFXT. Tragically, the officer paid the ultimate price for his profession and was pronounced dead not long after.
An Auburn police officer, Ronald Tarentino, was rushed to the hospital after getting shot early Sunday morning during a traffic stop. A neighbor who heard the gunfire said she and her husband comforted the officer as he struggled to breathe.
Tarentino was rushed to the hospital, but died of his injuries. The suspect, Jorge Zambrano, was killed around 6 p.m. after a four hour standoff with police in an Oxford neighborhood.
“I hope he rests in peace knowing he wasn’t alone, that me and my husband were with him, and I want him to be at peace and his family to be at peace knowing he wasn’t alone,” said Tammy, who also helped his comrades set up a memorial where he passed, adding an angel in the exact spot where she held the officer’s hand.
The cop’s killer was soon found, and after a standoff with police, he was killed, right after he shot another cop at the scene. This couple didn’t know it at the time, but they were true angels to this officer who, without them, would have died alone in the street. In tragedy, look for the helpers, the ones who were there for a reason, like the Lemieuxes were. What they did was a selfless show of respect for a man who died while trying to protect his community.
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—A couple in Massachusetts had just gone to bed when they heard a commotion outside their home. A lone cop had been shot by a thug, who immediately took off, leaving the officer there to die when the couple found him in their yard. With no backup around to see it, the pair made a quick plan, the results of which left arriving help in shock.
Police and fire dispatchers rarely get the credit they deserve. On a daily basis, 24/7, they are the first contact a person makes when reporting an emergency situation.
They need to be professional jugglers with all that is going on around them. It is not easy assessing, prioritizing, and distributing calls when seconds can make a big difference.
Much like a center in the trenches for a football team, a dispatcher gets the play started. Without their appropriate actions, a situation can fall apart in a hurry.
Dispatch Center / Photo Courtesy of Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department
At about 10 a.m., in the village of Mayville, New York, a call came into the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center that was a bit unusual. It involved a despondent 24-year-old female that was threatening harm to herself.
That was not “out of the norm” as dispatchers unfortunately deal with this type of situation all too often. The unusual part was the location from which the call originated.
Senior Dispatcher Steve McAninch happened to answer the call that came from Facebook Security based in Dublin, Ireland. The female on the other end of the line, who had a strong Irish accent, stated it was brought to their attention that a woman had posted on her Facebook page that she was going to harm herself.
McAninch, a 33-year dispatch veteran, was understandably a bit skeptical. In an interview with Liftable, McAninch stated he asked her “How do I know it’s not a scam?”
She replied “You’re going to have to trust me.” The dispatcher did trust her and got the ball rolling, knowing this could potentially be a very serious situation.
The caller had information which traced the woman’s IP address to a Windstream account in western New York. That, however, did not pinpoint her location, so McAninch went to work utilizing cell phone information.
This led to a location in Steamburg, New York in neighboring Cattaraugus County. The sheriff’s department in the adjoining county was contacted and they happened to be familiar with the victim.
“They (Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department) deserve the pat on the back,” McAninch said. “They did the real legwork, found the girl, and took her to the hospital for needed care.”
The subject was treated for a possible overdose and superficial cuts and was evaluated. She came through the situation and received the help she required.
McAninch’s co-worker Marv Cummings stated he wasn’t surprised that McAninch followed through and the situation came to a good conclusion. “Steve’s very dedicated, very thorough at his job,” Cummings said.
Popular Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace, who is known to be an advocate of technological advancement, could not have been prouder of his employee. “I’m extremely proud of the way this case was handled,” Gerace told the Jamestown (NY) Post Journal. “There are a lot of unsung heroes who work in the 911 center and they help people like this everyday.”
Dispatcher McAninch was humble about the situation. “Cases come up where we have to track people down on occasion, this one just happened to originate from Ireland.” He went on to support his colleagues. “I just happened to answer the phone, it could’ve been any one of us (dispatchers).”
This case is a fine example of cooperation among agencies, which happens often in rural communities. One of the parties in this scenario just happened to be on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean — and yet, with pooled resources and the response of some caring and dedicated people, this story ended well.
-The call came in from overseas, raising suspicions at first of its authenticity. But the Sheriff’s office soon realized this urgent plea was very, very real…
Four police officers were having dinner at an Eat N’ Park restaurant in Homestead, Pennsylvania, when a server started to lead another couple over to a booth near them.
As soon as the man saw the officers, though, he told the server, “Nah I don’t want to sit here,” and asked to be seated on the opposite side of the restaurant.
“I looked over and said, ‘It’s okay sir. You won’t have to worry about it, we won’t hurt you,” said Homestead police Officer Chuck Thomas. “He looked at me hard again and said he’s not sitting here and walked away.”
The officers were fully aware that tensions have been high between police and the citizens of the communities they serve, so they decided to respond to the rude encounter by rising above it.
When the couple’s $28.50 bill came, there was a note written on the receipt:
“Sir, your check was paid for by the police officers you didn’t want to sit next to. Thank you for your support.”
“Essentially the whole goal of it was to let him know that we’re not here to hurt you,” Thomas said. “We’re here for you. We work for the public. And we just want to better the relationship between the community and the police.”
Their gesture seems to have had the desired effect. As the officers left the restaurant, one of the people whose meal they had paid for gave them a quick smile and a “thank you.”
It’s just one little act, but hopefully the start of something even greater.
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After a dangerous black criminal was arrested, a Democrat senator came forward and told the media that he witnessed the entire ordeal and saw a sickening display of “white supremacy” and “police brutality.” However, as soon as the police department addressed the race-baiting senator’s allegations, they easily silenced him in just 9 words.
After Sen. Coleman Young Jr. (left) claimed that he had personally witnessed “police brutality” and “white supremacy” during the arrest of repeat criminal offender Michael Green, Madison Heights Police Department obliterated his allegations in just 9 words. (Photo credit: Screenshot of news broadcast/YouTube, Screenshot of police ceremony/YouTube)
When a suburban police SWAT team raided the home of Michael Green, a 33-year-old repeat criminal offender with a warrant for attempted murder, they believed it was just another day sweeping the streets of dangerous armed thugs. Weeks later, Michigan State Senator and Detroit mayoral candidate Coleman Young Jr. took to the media, condemning the police for enforcing “white supremacy” and “brutality of the worst kind” that he had personally witnessed, hoping to turn the arrest into a national publicity stunt and, possibly, a cause for race rioting. Unfortunately for Young, the police had one bit of information that completely obliterated his race baiting.
The Detroit Free Press reports that shortly after Sen. Young claimed that he had personally witnessed the police brutalizing and racially abusing repeat criminal Green and his family, Madison Heights Police Department Deputy Chief Tim Pawlowski debunked his lie, confirming that Young was never on the scene and that there have been no complaints filed.
“They were assisting the Hazel Park Police Department with an attempted murder investigation,” Pawlowski said. “We did have some officers that were on the team there and they all state that everything went well. They deny all her allegations and they never saw State Sen. Coleman Young on the scene. They never saw him or talked to him.”
Further shutting down Young, the very media outlet that gave the mayoral hopeful a special segment on their station pointed out that, despite there being countless neighbors who saw the raid, most of whom are black, none claim there was any police brutality or racist behavior. WXYZ-TV’s Right Now reporters added that pictures from bystanders even showed the family sitting calmly on the lawn, not “pig-tied” as Young and Green’s family purported.
“Police officials tell me that they say there is no gray area because many neighbors had come out and witnessed and took out their cell phones, took pictures and took video, so they said if there was some sort of police brutality situation, we all would have known about it by now,” reporter Syma Chowdhry explained.
The SWAT team came to Detroit on August 12 to serve a warrant while the city of Detroit’s police force wasn’t present, which is also what Young claims as proof of their overstepping their authority. However, Detroit police again denounced Young’s charge, reminding him that they were already aware of the raid and are not required to be present when the SWAT police are doing their jobs.
Before the truth came out, Young was vehemently defending Green and his family, pushing a false narrative of racism and police corruption. Green’s mother, Mary Smith, attended a press conference earlier this month in which Young and Smith made serious charges against the police, according to Blue Lives Matter.
“What we had here was a travesty of justice and peace,” Young said. “You had police officers from Madison Heights and Hazel Park who came all the way out of their jurisdiction and came here with military equipment, tanks. … They came here with no respect, no regard. … The mayor is the conservator of the peace … If anyone comes into our city and engages in that type of action, someone from the department, someone who is connected to the people needs to be there.”
Young also claimed that he happened to be driving past Smith’s home when the raid was taking place and got out of his car and approached the SWAT officers. Digging himself in deeper, Young said that he even spoke with police and watched as they violently shoved Smith and her family members into the ground, although photo evidence proves otherwise. Smith spurred these allegations, adding that police mistreated her 3-year-old grandchild.
“Police were on the roof with guns. I dived over the couch and ran out with my hands up. They said put your f—–g hands up. … They said get on the ground. Thy pig-tied me. They had guns to my head. They said who’s in there, I said my family. I said please don’t go in there shooting. My grandbaby is in there sleep. They said ‘F that baby.’”
Smith also called out Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, suggesting that he should’ve been present for the arrest. Expectedly, Duggan’s spokesman John Roach came forward with an official statement, yet again pointing out the family and Young’s absurd claims.
“We were not even aware of it until the recent press reports, and certainly there’s been no complaint made on record of anybody being mistreated at the raid,” Roach told the Free Press. “Not at the mayor’s office and not with DPD.”
Once again, we have a case of a black criminal being properly dealt with by local police while his family and the race-baiting Democrats attempt to spin the ordeal into propaganda to further divide the nation. Luckily, Young took his claims too far to be taken seriously or else we might have yet another nationwide race riot to give racist Black Lives Matter thugs an excuse to loot and brutalize.
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-After a dangerous black criminal was arrested, a Democrat senator came forward and told the media that he witnessed the entire ordeal and saw a sickening display of “white supremacy” and “police brutality.” However, as soon as the police department addressed the race-baiting senator’s allegations, they easily silenced him in just 9 words.