Officers Lesley Zerebny and her parter Jose Gilbert “Gil” Vega were responding to a domestic disturbance call when a gunman opened fire, and they tragically lost their lives.
Zerebny had just returned from maternity leave, and she left behind a 4 month old named Cora.
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When a family member in Monterey, California made a plea for prayers on social media, Ashley, a local woman, asked if they would accept donated breast milk.
Zerebny had breastfed Cora. And in just 24 hours, moms in Monterey stepped up and donated more than 500 ounces of breast milk—enough to potentially feed Cora for a month.
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“It will be screened and tested before it can be used,” KTVU reporter Claudine Wong reported in a Facebook post.
The Palms Springs Police Officers Association is also accepting Enfamil Reguline formula.
Wong shared photos of the cooler packed full of milk bags. There’s a picture taped on the lid that reads: “In this family no one fights alone.”
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“But this is not about breast milk or formula, it’s about the human heart and about the desire and the capacity of people to give,” said Wong.
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