Former officer who had to retire after being shot in the face in the line of duty feels humble after receiving free roof


DAYTON, OH – More than a year after a former Dayton police officer was shot in the line of duty, the hero behind the badge receives a small token of appreciation.

The former officer, who is now retired from the department, has not had an easy recovery. Prior to him retiring, Thadeu Holloway was determined to do 33-years as a police officer, but unfortunately the shooting changed the trajectory of his life.

Holloway got a phone call from Brad Hosler, the co-owner of DryTech Exteriors, however, at the time he did not know that was who was calling. He said:

“The first time they called I ignored their phone call because I didn’t recognize the number.”

When the phone number came up again, he picked up and is glad that he did. Apparently, Holser and DryTech Exteriors have been helping Miami Valley veterans get new roofs for the last three years. The co-owner said:

“Be able to life a little portion of a burden off their chest is what we’re here to do.”

With more than 100 submissions for the year, the DryTech team selected Holloway as one of those they wanted to help. Holloway said:

“It was awesome. You know, I was very humbled and surprised. Truly appreciative I got picked for this.”

The new roof would typically cost someone close to $30,000 and now that is an expense Holloway does not have to worry about. The former officer said:

“It’s very humbling. There are no words for it. It’s nice that there are people out there that do appreciate what police officers do, what veterans are doing and show a little bit of appreciation.”

This is not the only Miami Valley veteran whose roof DryTech will be replacing as this year comes to an end. They have an Air Force veteran whose roof they will also be replacing.

In Fort Worth, Texas, several law enforcement and first responders raised money to help pay for the medical expenses of an officer that was shot in the face during a training exercise.

Sansom Park officer Lina Mino was accidentally shot during active shooter training at an elementary school in Forest Hill. The training involved several different agencies and a private company facilitated the training exercise, which was not supposed to include any live ammunition.

It is still unclear how much live ammunition made it into the training exercise. One of the officer’s at the training was suspended after the incident.

Investigators have not released the person’s name, but they did confirm that the person is a “reserve deputy constable” from Johnson County.

Officer Mino has undergone multiple surgeries since the shooting and on Tuesday, November 29th, multiple organizations that support law enforcement put on a benefit dinner at River Ranch in Fort Worth. Sansom Park police chief James Burchfield said:

“It is just to raise funds to help her with her treatment and to continue making progress to one day come back to work. She’s a great person, hard worker, has a great attitude.”

Burchfield did not mention much about the investigation and instead kept the focus on his officer who is recovering. He said:

“Her attitude will bring her back one day, I guarantee it. We are here waiting for her, whenever she can get back.”

Mino’s family expressed their appreciation for the event and hope that she continues to have a smooth recovery.

In Bristol, Connecticut, police officer Alex Lurato was honored by the WWE when he was presented with one of the wrestling organization’s iconic belts.

Lurato was injured by gunfire in an ambush style shooting that killed two other Bristol police officers, Lt. Dustin DeMonte and Sgt. Alex Hamzy. Lurato killed the armed suspect with one single shot, after being shot at first.

The WWE gave the belt to Lurato at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Bristol Police posted on Facebook:

“The WWE has been not only been a great support to our heroes Lt. Dustin DeMonte & Sgt. Alex Hamzy’s families, but also the Bristol Connecticut Police Department. Thank you for your support!!! We appreciate YOU!”

Bristol Police chief Brian Gould called Lurato a true hero and said that he maintained courage and composure, and that he stopped the act of killing on the chilling October night.

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