By: Sharon Aron Baron
At least 128,800 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S., and the global pandemic has impacted our nation, state, and city in unprecedented ways. For many Coral Springs residents, a great deal of loss has been the result of this crisis, and for one resident, the impacts have been personal.
Kimberly Encalada, who suffers a medical condition that requires support from friends and family, unexpectedly lost her husband during the pandemic.
The personal and emotional expense this loss has caused challenges her to overcome and rise above her situation with positivity and optimism during unnerving times.
The loss of her husband affected her living situation. When the Coral Springs Police Department’s Detective, Frank Randazzo, heard of Encalada’s story, he was motivated to rally the troops to help her in every way possible.
Detective Randazzo reached out to fellow officers asking for their assistance to relocate Encalada, ensuring she could be closer to friends that could help her in her husband’s absence.
On Saturday, June 27, Deputy Chief McKeone, Deputy Chief Backer, Captain Irwin, Sergeant Heinrich, Sergeant Banke, Detective Schroy, Officer Rincon, Officer Gomez, Officer Russo, and Officer Anderson arrived at Encalada’s residence to help her pack her personal items into a truck for her move.
Furthermore, the Police Department’s Detective Unit and Community Involvement Department raised over $500 for Encalada, as a donation to help her get back on her feet.
“The move was really great,” said Encalada. “The house was cleared in less than 30 minutes. I’ve never seen anything like it. You guys are truly amazing. Thank you again.”
The actions of Detective Randazzo and the off-duty officers who volunteered their time to assist Encalada during these trying times are mere examples of the Coral Springs Police Departments’ commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of residents.
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