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How the Officer Saved Christmas

How the Officer Saved Christmas

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Chicago Tribune via YellowBrix

December 28, 2009

CHICAGO – Tondonlia Brown and her two young children escaped a Christmas morning fire, only to return to their South Side apartment and find burglars had stolen their gifts and much of what they owned.

Just as the holiday was looking grim, Chicago Police Officer Michael Lawrence stepped in with toys and a gift card. He’d responded to the burglary call, and after talking to Brown and the children, couldn’t get their plight off his mind.

“I saw a true sorrow in her face,” said Lawrence, 32, an eight-year veteran.

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Brown and her children, Shaun Taylor, 6, and Keiara Taylor, 2, are grateful.

“I will always have a place in my heart because of his generosity,” Brown, 30, said. “He was concerned and showed that he cared.”

Shortly after midnight Friday, Brown’s Englewood apartment caught on fire. Firefighters helped Brown and her children escape and the family was taken to St. Bernard Hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation.

Hours later, Brown got a call from the building superintendent. Her apartment had been robbed. Firefighters knocked in multiple windows to help the family escape. That left an opening for burglars to sneak through and steal the gifts under the Christmas tree, her big-screen television, clothes, jewelry and game systems, Brown said.

“I was devastated,” Brown said. “It was hard enough to go through the fire, but to come back home and find all of your belongings gone like that was unspeakable.”

Lawrence said he bought Brown and her children a $200 Sears gift card, two police action figures, and “Kids on Patrol” hats and T-shirts.

“I couldn’t imagine being a kid and going through that,” Lawrence said. “Although it’s been a tough Christmas, I hope things come through for them in the end.”

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Officer Michael Lawrence -- that's what being a cop is all about. Protecting AND Serving. Sometimes people never see the serving part. Thanks for your kindness to this family. Ifd I could give you 1,000,000 thumbs up I would. Great job -- you (future) sister in blue

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    taiken

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Bless his heart!!! A true hero saves the day!

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    vegasshell72

    over 4 years ago

    28 Comments

    What a awesome officer!!!

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    fernandez

    over 4 years ago

    144 Comments

    Thats what makes a great officer

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    ill_taze_u_bro

    over 4 years ago

    2846 Comments

    What, good press about the police? Great job officer!!!

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    Jima

    over 4 years ago

    70 Comments

    Excellent! What a great LEO! It is nice to hear something positive in the news about LEO"s, other than someone trying to discredit LEO's some-how!

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    hockeygr20

    over 4 years ago

    24 Comments

    That was very generous of that officer. He gave help at a time of great need for that family.

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    jack_wo1

    over 4 years ago

    52 Comments

    Michael are not alone out there. I have a friend in the Worcester Police Dept. who is just as caring and open-walleted/hearted as you.

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    topcop1978

    over 4 years ago

    8 Comments

    Your action's show our Human side to the civilians and everyone in your Dept. should respect your wanting to serve the public, both on and off the job. It will all come back to you Ten Fold my Brother. Great story on a Great Officer.
    Stay Safe & Proud,

    Det. J.J.N. NYPD (Retired)

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    CPD18578

    over 4 years ago

    322 Comments

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    AKangel

    over 4 years ago

    4950 Comments

    HOORAH! Officer Lawerence thanks for your true compassion.

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    Book_Em_Mandie

    over 4 years ago

    6748 Comments

    Above and beyond! Finally some good LEO news :o)

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    JB4Justice

    over 4 years ago

    156 Comments

    What an exceptional officer, he is the reason that officers have a very good reputaion in some places. Let us all take this example to heart and do our best to show kindness and true concern for our citizens. May God bless this officer for the kindness he's shown.

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    amabmn

    over 4 years ago

    298 Comments

    that really was amazing and so generous of him... thats awesome!

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    jabarilles

    over 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    Come to Seattle Michael and I'll throw a big party for ya! Two thumbs up brother!

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