Our country’s police officers risk their lives each and every day to ensure that we, as American citizens, are protected from harm.
They often put our safety ahead of their own and, sometimes, they pay the ultimate price for their selflessness.
It’s always devastating hearing about these deaths on the news but, for some families, these tragedies hit much closer to home.
The families of police officers killed in the line of duty are the ones who truly suffer; they must say goodbye to a loved one and, many times, it’s way before their time.
Days after 27-year-old police officer Lesley Zerebny in Palm Springs, CA, had returned from maternity leave, she was shot and killed on the job.
Zerebny’s husband, a sheriff’s deputy, is now a single father, raising their 4-month-old daughter, Cora, without his partner.
But now, total strangers are making sure that his little girl has one of the things that he isn’t able to provide for her: breast milk.
Police Officer Lesley Zerebny in Palm Springs, CA, was just 27 years old when she was shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic dispute. Zerebny had just returned from maternity leave, and her 4-month-old daughter, Cora, will now have to grow up without her mother. But, for the time being, other women around the country are doing all they can to ensure that Cora is still taken care of.
“This effort started on social media when a family member posted asking for prayers. That family member happened to be in the Monterey area, so when a local woman named Ashley asked if donated breast milk could help, she said yes, and then this incredible effort got underway,” KTVU reporter Claudine Wong writes on her Facebook page.
It wasn’t long before local moms had donated more than 500 ounces of breast milk for Cora.
The milk, which will be screened and tested, is expected to feed Cora for more than a month.
Anyone who would still like to donate is being asked to send Enfamil reguline formula to the department, rather than more breast milk. There is also a GoFundMe page for those who’d like to donate to Officer Zerebny’s memorial.
As Wong notes in her post, this is about more than just breast milk — it’s about the good that still exists in the world.
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