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Cops Go Above Call of Duty After Discovering 92-Year-Old WWII Vet Using Stove To Keep Warm


Police officers and community members have rallied around a 92-year-old World War II veteran who was living without proper heating.

Louis C. Hicks, from Austin, Texas, served his country in World War II.

The veteran told KVUE that he doesn’t ask for much, but when somebody started stealing tools from the shed behind his home, he called the Austin Police Department for help.

Officer Chastity Salazar visited Hicks at his home to file a police report. Taking a look around his home, Salazar quickly realized that Hicks needed some help, especially with keeping warm.

“That’s just what we do as police officers,” Salazar said. “I had realized that he’s using the oven. I know that’s not safe. His gas is on.”

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Salazar reached out to her colleagues, and it wasn’t long before Austin police knocked on Hicks’ front door again. This time, they were carrying a free heater for his home.

The heater was just the first step in showing Hicks some major love and appreciation for his military service.

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On Jan. 31, Hicks received an electric fireplace, installed in his home.

Officer Bino Cadenas has been visiting Hicks regularly and came up with a list of other items the veteran wished he could have — among them, shirts, underwear, chips and peanuts.

Hicks has been flooded with emotion and gratitude for all the help, admitting that asking for help is not something he would ever do.

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“I’ve never had no one to do nothing for me,” an emotional Hicks said. “After my mother passed away and left me to take care of my two sisters — nobody never did nothing to help me.”

“You hate to ask anybody ’cause sometimes they’ll frown on you, and I’m a true veteran,” Hicks said. “I won’t ask. I won’t ask.”

Salazar is thankful that Hicks is receiving the help he needs with such an open heart.

“He’s just offered me a lot of kindness, too,” Salazar said. “So to know that he’s also served, and now I’m able to serve and give back to people like him.”

Hicks told KVUE that the donations mean “everything.”

“The things I’ve been trying to do since the ’40s. I’ve been asking for help and now it just came in. God is good,” Hicks said.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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