The police officer seen on video being crushed in a doorway by pro-Trump rioters contained in the US Capitol final week is “recovering and doing effectively” after the horrifying ordeal, cops stated.
Washington, D.C., police recognized the bloodied cop as Officer Daniel Hodges on Tuesday, after a lady tweeted a heartfelt letter her 10-year-old daughter had written to him.
“Expensive Officer, I’m Emma and I’m 10 years outdated. I hope you heal from being crushed. I really feel dangerous for you,” the woman wrote.
“These persons are actually dangerous hurting you. I hope you and your loved ones are good and wholesome.”
The woman’s mother, Johnna Jablonski, requested for assist in getting the message to the officer, and the division responded on Twitter that they would supply her with an tackle for the place to ship it.
“Hello Emma – thanks for sharing your card! Simply wished to let Officer Hodges is recovering and doing effectively,” D.C. police wrote. “Thanks for the sort phrases!”
In an interview with Fox5 DC, Jablonski stated her daughter grew to become visibly upset after seeing the footage of Hodges screaming for assist and bleeding from the mouth whereas being crushed.
“She beginning saying, ‘What is going on? What are they doing to that man? Why are they doing this?’ And he or she began to cry,” Jablonski advised the outlet.
Emma added that “It made me very unhappy.”
To point out how a lot she cared, the woman grabbed a chunk of paper and her coloured pencils and wrote the officer a letter, including drawings of a squirrel and a coronary heart with a Band-Help on it.
“After I noticed the video on CNN about folks crushing you with a door I nearly cried,” says the letter, signed: “Get Properly. – Emma.”
Her mother stated she deliberate to mail the letter on Tuesday after receiving a response from D.C. Police.
“It made Emma so joyful to know that he was OK,” she added.
Texas household who misplaced odor attributable to COVID narrowly escapes hearth
A Texas household battling coronavirus was in a position to safely escape a home hearth — although most of them had been unable to odor the smoke, in response to a report.
Bianca Rivera, 17, was the one one within the family who might odor one thing was flawed as flames engulfed the house Friday in Waco, information station KWTX reported.
“I began smelling burnt plastic, and that’s once I received extra alert and ran outdoors of my room,” Rivera advised the information station. “I couldn’t even move the hallway as a result of it was stuffed with a lot smoke.”
Rivera had not come down with coronavirus, however her three different family had been sick with it and had misplaced their sense of odor.
She alerted the others to the hearth after which rushed them outdoors of the home, KWTX reported.
“I knew I needed to wake everybody up,” she mentioned. “I opened the again door and I received everybody out one after the other.”
Rivera mentioned on the time that she wasn’t desirous about whether or not she was “going to get damage or I used to be going to get burned so long as I received them out protected and sound.”
“I simply needed to get everybody else protected and alive. That’s all I needed… I don’t actually matter myself a hero,” she advised KWTX.
The teenager was in a position to get out the household and their 4 canine however their house was destroyed within the hearth, the outlet reported.
No trigger for the hearth has been launched.
“This household is fortunate to be alive. @WacoTXFire want to remind everybody to be sure you have working smoke alarms in your house,” the hearth company wrote on Twitter.
Kamala Harris will resign Senate seat on Monday
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday – two days earlier than she and President-elect Joe Biden are sworn in on Inauguration Day.
Harris’ stepping down will permit California Gov. Gavin Newsom to nominate Alex Padilla, a Democrat who serves as secretary of state, to fill the ultimate two years of her vacated place.
“She’s notified Governor Newsom, and has despatched her formal indication that she will probably be resigning. After which she’s going to make a proper announcement on Monday,” mentioned a Harris aide, The Hill reported on Sunday.
Padilla will turn out to be the primary Latino senator from the Golden State.
Harris won’t give a farewell speech on the Senate flooring as a result of the chamber isn’t anticipated to convene till Tuesday.
As vp, Harris will probably be poised to solid any tie-breaking votes within the Senate that will probably be cut up 50-50 after Democrats Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock are seated within the chamber.
They defeated incumbent GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in a extremely contested Senate runoff election in Georgia earlier this month.
Los Angeles turns into first county to hit 1 million COVID-19 instances
Los Angeles has turn out to be the primary county within the nation to document greater than 1 million coronavirus instances, well being officers mentioned.
Greater than 14,669 new instances had been reported on Saturday, bringing its whole depend to 1,003,923, the Los Angeles County’s Division of Public Well being mentioned.
The grim milestone comes as there are 7,597 individuals presently hospitalized with the virus and have been at the very least 13,741 deaths.
“Our group is bearing the brunt of the winter surge, experiencing enormous numbers of instances, hospitalizations and deaths, 5 occasions what we skilled over the summer season,” Barbara Ferrer, who’s director of the county’s Division of Public Well being.
Well being officers on Saturday additionally confirmed its first case of the brand new pressure of coronavirus first detected in the UK.
The affected person is a person who not too long ago hung out within the county and now has traveled to Oregon, the place he’s isolating.
“This extra contagious variant makes it simpler for infections to unfold at worksites, at shops, and in our houses,” Ferrer mentioned. “We’re within the midst of a public well being emergency so please do every little thing you’ll be able to to guard yourselves and people you like.”