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When Deputy Chief Darryl Forté started as a Kansas City police officer 26 years ago, his sergeant told him he was too nice to people.
The sergeant suggested Forté pursue a career in social work.
Instead, Forté decided to get promoted.
“I knew I could be a change agent,” he said.
Helping residents overcome mental health issues isn’t among the usual duties assigned to police officers.
But after Kansas City police were called to an older couple’s home in the Northland 10 times in five months this year, Officers J.D. Pettey and Philip Sipple made it their business to get to the root of the problem.
They wondered if the man, who was drunk when they were called to the house, suffered from post traumatic stress disorder. He had served in the military in World War II. The home was packed with items, including 15 car jacks and 100 small flashlights.
Pettey and Sipple worked on-duty and off-duty to enroll the husband in a support group at a VA hospital and link his wife with the Department of Aging, which offered discounted groceries and free help for her hoarding problem. The officers helped clear a half-ton of items for recycling from the couple’s property, sold the material and gave the proceeds to the couple. The officers also enlisted the couple’s former church to help with the couple’s continuing needs.
She knew the 20-year-old’s pains were coming fast and furious. But as Johnson talked to a 911 dispatcher, she never imaged that Michelle was about to get birth right there on the bathroom floor because it was more than two months ahead of Michelle’s due date.
“I called 911 and when I was talking to the 911 dispatcher, the baby just came out,” Johnson told KMBC’s Martin Augustine.
Kansas City Police Officer Steve Downing and his partner, Officer Annamarie Occhipinto, were rushing to Johnson’s side about 12:45 a.m. Monday. Johnson handed the baby to the officers.
“I handed her the baby. I had scooped him up and put him in a towel and I handed him to her,” Johnson said.
Danny Holmes, the former Kansas City police officer who received a $6.5 million judgment against Kansas City and the Kansas City Police Department, told KCTV5 that it has been a tough road for his family, but it was worth it when the jury found in his favor on Wednesday.”
Justice is served, and the Lord blessed me,” he said.
Holmes said he was still in shock standing on the steps of the courthouse on Wednesday after the jury made the award. Holmes had filed a lawsuit against the police department after he was fired three years ago.Wednesday night, Kansas City Police Department officials confirmed they would be appealing the ruling.
Marie Sims and her five children had barely recovered from a March burglary when they found their front door kicked in again.
This time the burglars destroyed the entire front door frame to get inside. They stole her rent money, her son’s coat, and the children’s video game system and games.
One of Sims’ daughters discovered the crime Dec. 2 when she returned from school to their home on Olive Street in Kansas City.
Sims, a single mother, rushed home from work to survey the damage. She already had her hands full raising her children, ages 9 to 22, including an 18-year-old daughter born deaf and blind.
Sims didn’t know how she would provide Christmas presents or holiday cheer when she didn’t feel safe in her own home.
Sims’ plight touched a chord with Kansas City Police Officer David Kissee, who responded to the more recent burglary. He told other officers how Sims’ neighbors and landlord and others couldn’t say enough nice things about how she was raising such wonderful children amid such challenging conditions.
The officers decided they were going to help Sims.
“We said, ‘Let’s make this a real Christmas for her and her family,’ ” Sgt. Chris Sicoli said.
The officers analyzed her house for safety weaknesses and zeroed in on her door frame. Officers and commanders pooled their money and looked for donations to replace what was stolen.
After two weeks of behind-the-scenes work, a group of officers showed up at Sims’ house Friday — their day off — with tools to rebuild and secure her door frame, plus a television and wrapped Christmas presents for the kids. Officers even got a new couch and recliner donated by Dan Holiday Furniture.
“A couch!” Sims said as officers carried it into her living room. “Oh my Lord! I’m going to cry. That’s too nice.”
The officers asked Sims’ youngest daughter to give the couch the “plop test.” The girl plopped onto the black leather with a smile.
“It’s nice,” she said.
Sims called the officers “angels.”
“I wasn’t in the Christmas mood at all. I hadn’t put up a tree, and I wasn’t going to decorate,” she said. “But this is such a blessing.”
Sims’ neighbor said officers couldn’t have picked a more deserving person.
“She works two jobs so her children can have what they need,” Robert C. Bradley said. “Her kids are always studying or at the library. She’s trained them really well.”
The family of a KCK police officer killed in a tragic accident on Saturday speak out about their loss.
Awww, the puppies are so sweet! I’m glad they found her in time.
This Kansas City story details some police officers who stumbled upon a stray female with 4 puppies. The officers called the local shelter for help then went to get some food for the nearly starved mother. It’s good that things seem to be going well for these dogs now, but this is a common story across many cities in our Country.
A year after he helped capture a gunman who allegedly shot a Kansas City police officer, Soty the German shepherd has nabbed an award for his work.
Soty and his handler, Officer David Magruder, earned the Missouri K-9 Team of the Year Award from the German Shepherd Dog Club of Greater Kansas City, police officials announced today.
The duo arrested Frederick Darrington Jr. after he allegedly wounded a police officer during a June 5, 2007, traffic stop in east Kansas City. After an officer pulled over a driver, the driver stepped from his car and sprayed 30 bullets at the officer, who was hit in the ankle. The shooter then ran away.
A truck driver pointed the direction the suspect went, and Magruder and Soty followed. More than 30 minutes later, after climbing several fences, the pair found Darrington hiding in a garage. Soty pulled him out from under a car so officers could arrest him.
In addition to assault on a law enforcement officer, Darrington has been charged with first-degree murder, robbery and multiple counts of armed criminal action. He is awaiting trial.
Soty is one of eight police dogs with the Kansas City Police Department.