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    Officer Tim Pearce's Crown Victoria cuts silently through the South Los Angeles night, seeking some Crips with a grudge. He drives with an eye for trouble.

    It's his first time back on the street in nearly six months. He's spent long days helping Officer Kristina Ripatti - his wife and ex-partner, paralyzed from a night on patrol - reclaim her wounded body. He's nervous.

    Gripping the wheel with one hand, he pulls his cell phone from his breast pocket and dials her up. He's headed into danger and wants to hear she's all right first. No answer.

    Ripatti reclined in Stark's car. She has been on the injured-on-duty list for nine months, returning to work only to visit colleagues. Soon, she will hit the one-year mark, when she must decide whether to return to active duty in a less physical role - or leave the force.

    Pearce found that less dangerous job as a detective, writing warrants for higher-profile criminals. Now, his wife considered her own future.

    Chief William Bratton promised her a job if she wanted one, but she doesn't know if she can still be effective confined to a chair
    . She loved the adrenaline of chasing down a suspect or grabbing a gun away from a gangster. Directing operations from a desk or watching a camera just isn't the same.

    "I feel like I lost my identity," she said. "It's a consuming job. You're always thinking about it. And that's why I think I have to cut the ties, instead of just hanging on because it's comfortable.

    "There's got to be something out there for me. I just don't know what it is yet."

  • #2
    These people were on the Extreme Makeover show, very good episode.
    "Our citizenship in the United States is our national character...Our great title is AMERICANS." - Thomas Paine

    "The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone." - Harriet Beecher Stowe


    • #3
      Awful. So her husband chose the detective job? Whats the scoop on her situation?


      • #4
        Thanks for the heads up, that is such a great news on the come back.


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