Regular readers will recall the LAPD officer who was shot a few days ago while chasing a robbery suspect. I blogged about it here. Patterico has started taking donations for the family since she is now paralyzed from the waist down and her family is going to need all the help they can get.
A colleague in my office recently circulated a memo about LAPD Officer Kristina Ripatti, who was paralyzed recently after being shot by a convicted robber and murderer. Yesterday, I asked my colleague for permission to post excerpts from that memo on my blog, and he agreed. Here they are:
As some of you are aware, on Saturday, June 3, Officer Kristina Ripatti (wife of Southeast Gang Officer Tim Pearce) of LAPD Southwest Division was shot by a robbery suspect attempting to flee. For those that don’t know, Tim is the main officer who headed the Grape Street Injunction, he regularly testifies as a Grape Street expert here at Compton Court, and just an overall class act. Kristina was shot twice, once in the arm and once through the lung and spinal cord. Tim was one of the first responding officers and watched his wife almost die in the street. (See story on the LA Times website)
After surgery to repair her lung, it appears that she is going to survive, however, she will be paralyzed from the chest down. I spoke to Tim’s partner, Dan Pearce (no relation) yesterday, and he said that at first, Tim was just focused on Kristina surviving, however, that on Monday night it hit hard to Tim and Kristina that she would be paralyzed. Tim and Kristina are very active and have a 15 month-old daughter. . . . . . .
In talking to Dan, he mentioned basic things that were going to change that I had not thought about- how are the Pearces going to use their two-story house?, do they need to buy a different type of car?, etc. Tim will be taking time off and when he returns, he will be responsible for taking care of a 15 month-old, a disabled wife, and a full time police officer job.
Please visit his blog and donate or you can send any donations here:
An account has been established with the Los Angeles Police Federal Credit Union to accept donations to help with Ripatti's medical bills. Checks can be made out to the LAPFCU with a notation that the money should be designated for the "Kristina Ripatti Trustee Account," and mailed to the credit union at 16150 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91410.