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The Milwaukee Police Department issued updates on the condition of police officers shot and severely injured June 9.
They said Officer Bryan Norberg is recovering at home and doing well. Graham Kunish is in critical, but stable condition.While family members rally around the officers several community members are reaching out, hoping to make the process easier.
“Both of their families … want to express how grateful they are for the community support, support from (the) department (and) everybody there that day for their family and everybody who has been there since this has happened,” MPD Lt. Carianne Yerkes said.
Dozens of people have pulled together, looking for ways to help out.
A group of officer’s wives and girlfriends called Shielded Hearts — an organization aimed at showing victim’s family members they’re not alone — is among those trying to help.
Naomi Lara, a member of Shielded Hearts, said the group builds community through “faith, education and fellowship.”
“We pray for each other it’s just absolutely wonderful how close we actually are,” group member Teresa Robinson said.”(You) don’t think about it until it happens. It’s amazing.”This week organizers decided a big way they could help is through food.
The organization will provide meals for the officer’s family members as they help their loved ones recover at home and in the hospital. Many of the meals will be donated from restaurants or prepared by private citizens.
“It’s very important to not have to worry about that,” Robinson said.
“They’ve got so many other stresses going on and so many things they have to concentrate on. I mean it wouldn’t be that great to have to run home and eat and worry about how long its going to take. It’s right there for them ready when they need it.”
Bell Ambulance has offered to deliver the meals to the officer’s family members.
There is also a fundraiser planned for Saturday, June 20 to benefit the officers’ families.
“Thank You, Milwaukee Police Department will take place on National Avenue between First and Second Streets starting at 9 a.m.