Domestic violence survivor reunited with police who helped her 17 years ago

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The Minneapolis Police Department posted a letter they received from a woman named Valerie, who wanted to thank two officers for helping her 17 years ago. Valerie was a victim of domestic violence on Oct. 8, 1999. She didn't know the officers names, but wanted to pass along her story to police, hoping someone would recognize her story. Valerie found out the two officers, Sergeant Steven McBride and Officer Heidi Eisenbies still worked for the department and was able to meet with them in person.

She wanted to read her letter aloud of the department, in hopes of encouraging other domestic violence victims to seek help.

Valerie's letter:

"I know this is a long shot, but I really want to get a message to a special officer who changed my life.

On October 8th, 1999, squad number 320 from precinct 3 responded to a domestic violence call. The officers were able to get the situation under control and arrest my (then) husband. While one officer handled the processing, the other officer talked to me. He was very blunt, very honest, and yet remained professional and compassionate. Unfortunately, I never caught his name. He looked me in the eyes and told me that if they had to respond to another call at that address, that it would be to identify my body. He told me I had to get out, and he begged me to not be another negative statistic that they have to deal with on a daily basis. The card they gave me listed badge numbers 7619 & 4517.

I really want him to know that he changed my life. I listened. I filed an order for protection, and then the divorce papers. I’m in a loving and amazing relationship now, and my days of being kicked around are long over. Years ago I sent a letter to the precinct, but I’m not sure if he ever got it. During this rough political climate, I again want to reach out and tell my story. I will forever and always be grateful to the officers who responded to my call, and to ALL of the officers who risk their lives every single day so that I am able to sleep safely at night.

The MPD is always in my thoughts and prayers. The only way I know to pay them back is to continue to tell my story and say thank you whenever I can.

I’ve come a long way from being the 24 year old terrified woman that I was back then. I owe my strength, my success, and my very life to that officer.

If possible, I would love for those officers to see this. If not, feel free to share with other officers. What you do MATTERS!!!!

Forever in the debt of the MPD,

Valerie"

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