KNX Hero of the Week is LAPD Officer Who Buys and Delivers Food to Those in Need

Heather Jordan
May 07, 2020 - 9:46 am
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Hundreds of people who live around the Port of Los Angeles have been getting food and aid during the pandemic, thanks to our KNX Hero of the Week.

He's an officer with the LAPD Harbor Division who's going above and beyond the call of duty. 

When the coronavirus forced the closure of businesses across Southern California, many people who were okay before - suddenly found themselves in need of help.

"I started seeing all of these posts, about my neighbors... and they need food," says Harbor Division Senior Lead Officer Nick Ferara. "So, I started checking around. And sure enough, I would knock on these doors and there would be an elderly lady who recently had surgery. And, her family's either non-existent or out of state, and they were hungry." 

So, Officer Ferara immediately started reaching out. 

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"I first decided to spend about $300 of my own money to buy groceries," explains Ferara. "I delivered about 20 packages."

He had shared his efforts on social media, and community members quickly joined his effort.

"They just started sending us cash... to support the cause."

Officer Ferara and his department set up a mini-fund and started buying more groceries and supplies for those who needed it. They then went house to house, delivering the goods.

Officer Ferara says it's been incredible watching how fast the community banded together.

"It's very refreshing to see the good side of human nature."

His boss, LAPD Sergeant Catherine Plows, says Officer Ferara has a tremendous heart.

"He is one of the kindest, young men that you will ever meet. I am so proud to call him a Los Angeles police officer." 

She goes on to say, "It's a rarity when you have an officer that makes a connection with a community that he did not know before. If you look at social media... [community members] often refer to Nick as an 'angel in a uniform'."

An angel in a uniform, a hero in the community. 

LAPD Harbor Division Senior Lead Officer Nick Ferara is our KNX Hero of the week! 

KNX Heroes is presented by California Resources Corporation, saluting our military veterans, and all of our heroes! 

Follow Officer Ferara on Twitter @SLONick4 

You can also nominate your own hero at https://knx1070.radio.com/nominate

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