WEST COVINA, Calif. – A disabled and homeless veteran is on his way home after being contacted by West Covina Police.
The two officers noticed that a homeless person was sleeping on the concrete in a sleeping bag in front of a store at “The Heights” shopping center located in the 2200 block of Azusa Avenue. After talking with the man, identified as William Mack, they learned that he was a veteran who was in desperate need. He had lost his legs due to a bone infection and depended on a wheelchair to get around.
The officers took William out for a cup of coffee and a biscuit at Starbucks and learned that he was from Florida. The officers also learned that Mr. Mack had a brother and mother in Florida. Officers gave Mr. Mack use of his cell phone to call his family.
The officers contact H.O.P.E. (Homeless Outreach and Proactive Enforcement) Officer Anthony Coppi. Officer Coppi was able to help Mr. Mack get off the streets with the resources available. Mr. Mack will now be safe and will soon be back in Florida with his family.
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