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Video: LAPD Officers Surprise WWII Veteran With Christmas Tree, Presents

December 23, 2015  | 

VIDEO: LAPD Officers Surprise WWII Veteran With Christmas Tree, Presents

What began as a welfare check at a Venice, CA, apartment building ended with an act of kindness one World War II veteran said on Monday he will never forget, reports KTLA.

Los Angeles Police Department Officers Natali Nunez and Abel Torres responded, and found that 94-year-old Herman Perry was well, but hard of hearing and unaware of his neighbors' concerns that had brought them there.

"He told us that not too many people stop by anymore," Torres said.

Moved by the encounter, the officers drove by a Christmas tree lot around 1 a.m., after leaving the residence, and the lot owner donated a tree, lights, and candy. They brought them to a smiling Perry, and then followed that up days later with presents donated by fellow officers.

"It could be anyone's grandpa," Nunez said of Perry. "We just felt like he needed some holiday cheer."

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Kurt Hilden @ 12/24/2015 9:19 AM

This happens so often by unsung Copa and I am so proud to be friends of so many in blue! You guys were (gals) angels toward this veteran and brought him present happiness to join some good memories. Blessings one and all! Merry Christmas

Tbow426 @ 12/24/2015 10:32 AM

As the son of a deceased WWll combat vet... THANK YOU for caring and what you did. These men and women who did so much and are truly the Greatest Generation are passing from this earth at an ever increasing rate. My dad went to work at 12 and worked his entire life except for 3.5 years in Europe. Made a good living for my family and got me through college. Passed away before I really understood what a man he really was. Again, THANK YOU!!!

kevCopAz @ 12/24/2015 12:09 PM

Great job! Not to take anything away from these fine officers, but I'm sure cops everywhere do similar things every year. I know we did while on a walking beat in the "projects" in Central Phoenix. I have never had more joy then seeing some of these little folks get gifts that they would always remember and you know that they would never had gotten due to family circumstances. The little ones were smack dab in the middle of a very high crime rate area, almost trapped in their apartments due to the violence. Nice that they saw police do something other then arrest folks every day.My partner and I did the gift and tree thing one year, great experience and I recommend that all officers do the same when they find someone in need, believe me you get much joy from acts like that and lets you recall why you too the job in the first place. My partner at the time was the nephew of the Miranda from the Miranda warnings "fame"! His own nephew became an officer with PD that arrested Uncle Ernie!

C.S. Powell @ 12/24/2015 12:18 PM

May the Good Lord give a special blessing for the Wonderful act of Kindness. From my home to yours have the most Wonderful Christmas to you and yours. God Bless also Our Greatest Generation, I know you made this old Veterans Year. Stay Safe and Thank You. USMC, Khe Sanh 1967

Dennis Mitzner @ 12/24/2015 12:53 PM

These are the kinds of stories that should be in the mainstream media, but aren't for obvious reasons, all wrong. As a 71-year old veteran myself, "this" is the time of our lives where if we don't have a spouse still living and/or children, life can be very lonely and frightening.

Many of today's population have lost their "hearts" and think only of themselves.
I thank the men and women LEO's out there for continuing to do what they do for us, people they don't even know.


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