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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

To protect and to serve

And sadly, to make horrific sacrifices. As you've probably heard, on June 3 LAPD Officer Kristina Ripatti was shot in the line of duty by some worthless piece of shit lowlife scum career asshole. The good news is she survived. The bad news is that the shooting left her paralyzed from the chest down. Forever. Officer Ripatti's husband, Tim Pearce, is also a member of LAPD. They have a 15 month old daughter. Kristina is 33 years old. I have to say this: First, you could not pay me enough to be a cop and put up with the shit they have to endure, day in and day out. And even if you could, I couldn't hack it. Being a badge-carrying member of LAPD has to be one of the most thankless jobs imaginable. I'm not sure how they find enough people to do it. Second, I'm glad that Officer Ripatti's partner, Officer Joel Meyer, killed her assailant on the scene. Hey man, nice shot. Third, God bless the medical personnel who saved her life. In her own words: ā€œIā€™d like to thank the first responders who saved my life to give me more time with my beautiful baby daughter and husband.ā€ But this is just beginning. There are many things that can be done for Officer Ripatti and her family. Medical treatment, rehabilitation, therapy, wheelchairs, modifications to home and car that will enable her to carry on some sort of normal lifestyle. And all of it frightenly expensive. You can help. Especially you, my fellow Angelenos. This woman took a bullet for us, and as a result, she's going to be paralyzed from the chest down for the rest of her freaking life. She's never going to completely have her life back. She's never going to be able to accomplish the seemingly mindless task of simply standing up and walking across a room again, ever. So cough up some bucks and send them to: Police Officer Kristina Ripatti Trustee Donation Account c/o L.A. Police Federal Credit Union 16150 Sherman Way Van Nuys, CA 91410 It's our turn to protect and to serve. LAPD Blog LAPD online Support for Kristina goes national via the blogosphere. Thanks, Patterico!

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