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Video: Stranded Vietnam Vet Pushed Home on Scooter by San Diego Officers

May 29, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Stranded Vietnam Vet Pushed Home on Scooter by San Diego Officers

Gilbert Larocque, 67, who was a door gunner in the Army during the Vietnam War, was out running errands in the San Diego community of Kearny Mesa when the scooter he relies on to get around died about 1:50 p.m. Sunday.

Two nearby officers, Eric Cooper and his partner Milo Shields, were monitoring traffic on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard when they noticed Larocque struggling with the chair.

“First we offered him a ride home,” Cooper told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “… But his power chair was important to him. It was his independence and his mobility.”

After exploring their options, the two officers decided to push Larocque back home — more than a mile away.

“My dad was a Vietnam veteran,” Cooper said. “If it was my dad, I would want someone to do the same thing.”

The officers knew the trip would be tiring, but they weren’t prepared for just how difficult it would be.

Every time they would get going, the scooter would put itself into gear and come to a stop. At one point, they were pushing the 300-pound machine across the ground on locked wheels.


Comments (5)

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KevCopAz @ 5/29/2014 7:06 PM

Great job guys, he deserves the respect and any help we can give him. Im sure this didn't make as much news as how police are to blame for not preventing the latest mass shooting. We (Police) do so much each and every day that far out weighs what we do wrong yet the media ignores that. Thank God for our own supportive media!

TheRookie @ 5/30/2014 12:25 AM

Semper Fi. Hoo Rah!!!

Eric @ 6/1/2014 3:57 AM

Way to go officers it's actions like that that'll make you a hero and create your legacy . Very proud !

Morning Eagle @ 6/2/2014 3:48 PM

Good Job above and beyond the expected. However, apparently these officers hadn't got the word yet from DHS that Veterans are at the top of their list of potential domestic terrorists and should be treated with suspicion rather than respect. And this aging, disabled Veteran had served as a door gunner which means he used fully automatic firearms making him even more potentially dangerous to the security of America. Sorry for the sarcasm but the subversive stupidity running rampant in the policy wonks at the DHS, and DOJ for that matter, just turns my stomach.

Sgt. Mike @ 6/3/2014 10:01 AM

Bravo guys!

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