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Police Officers Notice 92-Year-Old WWII Vet Using His Oven To Keep Warm, You Won’t Believe What They Do Next

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So many people take health and youth for granted, but old age creeps up before you know it. If you don’t have a healthy nest egg or a devoted family, the financial uncertainty of old age can be a frightening thing.

That’s where the community steps in, especially those tasked with protecting and serving the community.

For one sweet man in Austin, Texas, his local police became a ray of hope in his cold, lonely world.

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When 92-year-old Louis C. Hicks found that someone had been stealing tools from his shed, he called the police to file a report.

Officer Chastity Salazar arrived at Hicks’ home to take his statement, but she made a startling discovery that left her in fear for the gentleman’s safety: Hicks had been using his gas oven and a fan to heat his home.

“I had realized that he’s using the oven. I know that’s not safe. His gas is on,” Salazar explained to local news outlet KVUE.

Salazar wasn’t content to simply return to work knowing that Hicks, who had served his country with honor in World War II, was in danger in his own home.

Hicks needed a safe way to keep warm, and Salazar was going to see to it that he got it. “That’s just what we do as police officers,” she said.

Salazar reached out to her fellow officers at the Austin PD and, with the help of several local nonprofits, she was able to return to Hicks’ doorstep with a tremendous gift.

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Salazar was able to find a heater and, not long afterward, an electric fireplace! For the first time in who knows how long, Hicks could be comfortable—and safe—in his home.

“I’ve never had no one to do nothing for me,” Hicks said in a tearful interview with KVUE. “After my mother passed away and left me to take care of my two sisters — nobody never did nothing to help me.”

Another of Austin’s finest, Officer Bino Cadenas, began making regular trips to drop in and check on Hicks, as well as take note of other basics he may need.

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“Big things are coming his way,” Cadenas tweeted, excitedly reporting that the APD had been able to connect Hicks with various community supports and even find some long-lost relatives.

Salazar knows it breaks Hicks’ heart of gold to be in a position to need charity, but she is thankful he’s accepting the help of his community.

“He’s just offered me a lot of kindness, too,” she said. “So to know that he’s also served, and now I’m able to serve and give back to people like him.”

As for Hicks, the sudden outpouring of help has shown him one thing abundantly clearly: God has His hand on him: “The things I’ve been trying to do since the ’40s. I’ve been asking for help and now it just came in. God is good.”

 

 

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Rhino Poacher Meets a Poetic Fate, Complete with Elephants, Lions, and Revenge

If this isn’t justice, I don’t know what is.

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Greed is a hell of a drug. Greed is what makes a wealthy man and addicted man.  It’s the idea that you can never have enough, no matter the consequences to the world around you. Don’t get me wrong: Winning and achieving are great, but there are costs to be considered. For wildlife poachers, the reward is dirty money…and lots of it.  Items such as rhinoceros horns can go for as much as $60k per kilo – an amount that makes cocaine look like over-the-counter DayQuil in comparison. Of course, the reason for this enormous price tag is the rarity of the item, with poachers having nearly caused the extinction of several species of Rhinoceros over the course of the last few decades. But, as Jeff Goldblum famously says in the 90’s blockbuster Jurassic Park, “life finds a way”. One poacher in Africa has learned that lesson the very hard way. Only a skull and a pair of trousers remained after a suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks said. The incident happened after the man entered the park with four others to target rhinos, according to a parks service statement released Friday. His family were notified of his death late Tuesday by his fellow poachers, and a search party led by Kruger’s regional manager, Don English, set out to recover the body. Rangers scoured on foot and police flew over the area, but due to failing light, it could not be found. The poacher likely didn’t deserve such dignity, but the search went on. The search resumed Thursday morning and, with the help of added field rangers, what was left of his body was discovered. “Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured…

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Police Seek Teens who Interacted with Autistic Skateboarder for BEST REASON EVER

Police are searching for a few teens that left the mother of an autistic child in tears at a local skatepark…but for all the right reasons.

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Life is ostensibly difficult for teens and young adults in ways that many of us adults seem to have forgotten. Hopefully, (and luckily, if so), we grow out of these hormonal adolescent years with a bit of an even keel, able to keep a cool head, and fully aware of our strengths and weaknesses.  Sure, we have bills and the complexities of work/friend/partner relationships to navigate, as well as a whole glut of strange, “as you get older” family issues to deal with, but we at least get to do so as adults with a full understanding of our faculties and abilities. For teens and young people, it’s not that easy.  At these ages, human beings are insecure, unsure, and downright dumbfounded by the world around them.  And, let’s not forget, that kids can be severely cruel to one another over the most asinine of subjects.  Style, mannerisms, and intelligence are all fodder for the teenaged bullies of the world. For children on the autism spectrum, things are even tougher.  These are the “weirdoes” and “nut jobs” that the heartless bullies rail on, making them the bread and butter of these jerks’ daily dissing. So when the mother of an autistic son named Carter began crying at a local New Jersey skatepark, many feared the worst. Lucky for all of us, there is still some good left in this world. Kristen Braconi took Carter, who is on the autism spectrum and has ADHD, and his behavioral therapist to the park to celebrate his fifth birthday, where a group of older kids noticed him playing on his scooter. The teens took it upon themselves to teach Carter how to skateboard. “They were absolutely amazing with him and included him and were so beyond kind it brought me to tears,” the mother shared on Facebook,…

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