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Immigration police detain, free 3 children at O’Hare Airport

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CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport have released three detained children who are U.S. citizens and traveling with an adult deemed "inadmissible."

The children were released Thursday to their mother after intervention by Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Customs officials say a Mexican Consulate official arranged for the girls' mother to retrieve them without fear she would be taken into custody.

Schakowsky happened to arrive at O'Hare from Washington on Thursday. She says what happened was "a kind of kidnapping of children by our government."

Lightfoot later tweeted her thanks for those "whose quick and decisive actions" helped resolve the situation.

Schakowsky said the children traveled with an adult who had a valid visa. The adult was to be sent back to Mexico.

Fire at electric substation leaves 13,000 without power in Madison, Wisconsin, during heat wave

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(CNN) -- More than 13,000 customers are without electricity in Madison, Wisconsin, during a dangerous heat wave, after a fire at a downtown substation, a utility spokesman says.

The fire was out Friday morning, said Madison Gas and Electric spokesman Steve Schultz. But the utility does not yet have an "estimated time of restoration."

The outage affects residents from the west side of downtown's Capitol Square to areas around the Yahara River, he said.

"Crews are working as quickly as possible to safely restore service," Schultz said.

The power outage comes as a potentially deadly heat wave hovers over the Midwest, prompting cities throughout the region to warn residents to stay hydrated and cool.

Madison on Friday morning was under an "excessive heat" warning, with high temperatures forecast to reach the mid-90s. The heat index will reach values of 105 to 110, according to the National Weather Service.

Schultz said the fire appears to have no correlation to the hot weather but was probably due to a mechanical issue.

A second fire was reported near North Park Street, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.

It was unclear whether the second fire was related to the power company.

Post-flood: Iowa officials assess need for additional federal disaster funding

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Iowa officials are seeking information from residents and communities that were affected by flooding in an effort to request additional federal disaster funding from Congress.

The state is gathering feedback, comments and observations on unmet needs residents are facing post-flooding from the Mississippi River in April and May of this year. Officials aim to request more grant money for recovery and clean-up efforts.

Residents being are asked to fill out a “Post Disaster Unmet Needs Questionnaire” by August 1, 2019. Specifically, the Scott County Emergency Management Agency is requesting details on any and all housing damages due to the floods.

In June, Davenport city leaders said the city has already spent more than two million dollars fighting the flood, not including costs of repairs.

Flooding from the Mississippi River in Davenport, Iowa in 2019.

The history behind the heat

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ROCK ISLAND, ILLINOIS  --  July is usually the hottest month of the year, but this July is breaking the record.

According to the National Weather Service Quad Cities, on average, each year we have about 20 days of 90 plus degree heat.

For 2019, there have already been 18 days of 90 plus  degree heat.

"We are already at more 90 plus days than normal," National Weather Service meteorologist Rich Kinney said.

Kinney said it is rare to hit an air temperature of 100 degrees in the Midwest, because of the corn and soybean crop.Those crops put additional moisture into the atmosphere, making it hard for heat to stay around.

Farmer's planting schedules were delayed this planting season, meaning there is not as much moisture in the air for July 2019.

"This goes beyond the typical summertime heat and humidity in this part of the country," Kinney said. "If you have to be outside, folks need to take frequent breaks, preferably in air conditioning."

Kinney said the Quad Cities hasn't seen 100 degree air temperatures since 2012, when it hit 102 degrees.

"It is important for folks to remember this is sort of above and beyond," Kinney said. "This is about as bad as it gets in this part of the country."

The all time high in the Quad Cities was in July 1936. It reached 111 degrees in Moline.

Protesters call for justice for Eric Garner on anniversary of his death

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(CNN) -- Protesters rallied in New York Wednesday on the anniversary of the death of Eric Garner, an African-American father who died after officers tried to apprehend him five years ago.

The rallies took place a day after the Justice Department said it was declining to bring federal charges against New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is accused of using a chokehold on Garner in July 2014. The decision angered Garner's family.

Protesters demanded justice for Garner's death and called for Pantaleo and other officers to be fired, directing anger at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

"My son was killed five years ago today. And I'm still feeling that same pain," Garner's mother, Gwen Carr said at a rally in Foley Square in Manhattan as the crowd repeated after her.

Addressing Mayor de Blasio, Carr said: "We have to get those officers fired. The ones who were on the scene that day who murdered my son."

"So, we're calling on the de Blasio administration, fire those cops," Carr said. "You have the power. Assert your power."

Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, participates in a protest to mark the five year anniversary of the death of Garner during a confrontation with a police officer in the borough of Staten Island on July 17, 2019 in New York City. Yesterday it was announced that federal prosecutors will not charge New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Garner, who repeated the phrase "I can't breathe" almost a dozen times while being arrested for an alleged misdemeanor. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The crowd chanted: "We are Eric Garner. We need justice and we need it now."

Protesters also rallied outside the NYPD headquarters. A rally also took place on Staten Island where the incident took place, CNN affiliate WABC reported.

Video shows protesters gathered outside Pantaleo's Staten Island home, chanting, "We will find you, Pantaleo."

Garner died on July 17, 2014 after police tried to apprehend the father of six who was allegedly selling loose cigarettes, a crime he had been arrested for before.

In a cell phone video, Pantaleo appeared to have Garner in a chokehold shortly before Garner died. Pantaleo denies he used a chokehold. Garner's last words "I can't breathe," became a rallying cry in Black Lives Matter protests demanding police accountability for the deaths of unarmed black men.

The city's medical examiner's office ruled Garner's death a homicide in the days after his death.

The medical examiner testified during a disciplinary hearing that Pantaleo's alleged chokehold caused an asthma attack and was "part of the lethal cascade of events."

Federal investigators have been examining the circumstances of Garner's death since 2014, after a grand jury in New York declined to indict the Staten Island officer. The city settled with Garner's estate for $5.9 million in 2015.

Federal authorities had a deadline of Wednesday to decide to bring charges against Pantaleo.

Attorney General William Barr sided with a Justice Department team in New York over the Civil Rights Division in Washington when he made the decision not to bring charges against Pantaleo.

The decision stemmed from concerns that prosecutors could not successfully prove the officer acted willfully, a senior Justice Department official said.

Meanwhile, the NYPD has brought departmental charges against Pantaelo. If found guilty of using the chokehold and restricting Garner's breathing, Pantaleo could face discipline ranging from loss of vacation days to the loss of his job.

Activists and lawyers for the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the city agency charged with overseeing the NYPD, said Pantaleo used an illegal chokehold, which is banned by the department.

Trump picks son of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as next Secretary of Labor

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(CNN) -- President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he will nominate Gene Scalia, former Justice Antonin Scalia's son, as secretary of labor -- replacing Alex Acosta, who resigned over the fallout from theplea deal he negotiated for Jeffrey Epstein in 2008.

"I am pleased to announce that it is my intention to nominate Gene Scalia as the new Secretary of Labor. Gene has led a life of great success in the legal and labor field and is highly respected not only as a lawyer, but as a lawyer with great experience working with labor and everyone else," Trump tweeted Thursday. "He will be a great member of an Administration that has done more in the first 2 ½ years than perhaps any Administration in history!"

Politico was first to report that Trump was likely to nominate Scalia.

Scalia will replace Acosta, the former Labor secretary who resigned following backlash over his role in negotiating a 2008 plea deal as the US attorney in Miami with Epstein, a well-connected multimillionaire.

Epstein avoided a federal trial at the time and served only 13 months in prison for state prostitution charges over his involvement with underage girls. A Miami Herald investigation published last November described the plea deal, negotiated by Acosta, as the "deal of a lifetime."

Epstein now faces accusations that he sexually abused dozens of teenage girls and is being held in jail without bail while he faces one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors related to alleged conduct that occurred between 2002 and 2005. He has pleaded not guilty.

Trump announced Acosta's resignation last week, to be effective Friday. He said at the time that Acosta would be replaced on an acting basis by the current deputy secretary, Pat Pizzella.

Scalia is currently a partner at the law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, with a range of legal experience on labor and regulatory issues, according to his firm biography. In 2017, Scalia represented Bank of America against the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in a lawsuit alleging that the bank owed $542 million to the government agency, which insures people's deposits against a bank failure.

Scalia previously served as the Labor department's top lawyer in 2002 under then-President George Bush, and as a special assistant to then-first time Attorney General Bill Barr at the Department of Justice in 1992.

Scalia has praised the friendship between his late father, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and fellow justice -- and near ideological opposite -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

"Whenever you have two such important, accomplished people who have a rich friendship like that, there's something to be learned from it," the younger Scalia told CNN's Poppy Harlow and Jeffrey Toobin last August.

"Their ability to engage on ideas and yet respect one another's abilities and maintain a friendship is an instructive lesson," he added. "And I think they would both heartily agree that we want to have people on two sides of an issue to explain what the right answer is."

Omar did ‘go back’ — to Minnesota to talk health care

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(CNN) -- Ilhan Omar went back to where she was from.

A day after one of President Donald Trump's crowds chanted "Send her Back! Send her Back!" the Muslim lawmaker did go home -- to Minnesota -- not war-torn Somalia, which she fled as a teenage refugee.

At a town hall meeting on universal health care Thursday, Omar exercised the American freedoms the President said she should forsake if she doesn't like how he's running the country.

"It is really good to be home," said Omar, who was wearing a white hijab at the meeting in a Minneapolis community center after a multi-racial crowd gave her a standing ovation.

"I know there are a lot of people that are trying to distract us now. But I want you to all to know that we are not going to let them. ... You all send me to Washington to do the important work of progressing our country," she said.

Omar presided over a forum dedicating to pushing for "Medicare For All," universal state-run health care, an issue that is reverberating through the Democratic grass roots as 2020 looms and is creating a dividing line between moderates and more progressive party members.

The same drama is playing out in the Democratic presidential race and will be on display in CNN's debates at the end of the month. The line-up draw for the clashes on successive nights took place at the same time as Omar's event Thursday night and will highlight those Democratic Party dynamics on a much bigger stage.

While Omar's town hall would hardly be to the taste of conservatives on one of the most divisive issue in politics, it was an example of Omar seeking to mobilize the political system to effect reform. There's not much that is more American than that.

Trump's name barely came up at the event, which featured campaigning nurses, doctors and activists who argued that health care was a human right and should be guaranteed to everyone.

The policy heavy evening which was earnest, passionate -- and to a non-partisan, perhaps a little bit dull. It could hardly have been different from Trump's seething North Carolina rally on Wednesday night. Were it not for its most famous panelist and her large media pack, it would have been just like any other liberal community meeting taking place all over America.

Omar, arguing for expanded coverage without co-pays and high health care premiums, didn't come across as the crazed American-hating Communist that Trump has been demonizing all week.

The President has seized on Omar's past controversial comments, for instance a suggestion that US lawmakers who support Israel were motivated by money, to suggest she is anti-Semitic and un-American.

Omar told CBS News in an interview Thursday that she did not regret the remark but had learned from the subsequent uproar.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to really learn how my words make people feel and have taken every single opportunity I've gotten to make sure that people understood that I apologize for it," Omar said.

The President was an afterthought at the health care town hall, though his racist attacks on Omar and her colleagues shaped the political backdrop to the event after five tumultuous days.

Omar's House colleague, Pramila Jayapal of Washington state, praised her as a "great American, a great patriot, a great champion for workers ... who is shaking up Congress and the United States of America in all the best ways."

Erin Murphy, a former Minnesota House Majority leader, contrasted Thursday's event to Trump's rally.

"We have a President who used a powerful platform to incite hateful rhetoric that is dangerous," Murphy said.

US Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) speaks on stage during a town hall meeting at Sabathani Community in Minneapolis, Minnesota on July 18, 2019. Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP/Getty Images

Town hall highlights the two different 2020 elections

The town hall in Omar's 5th Congressional District was a reminder of the two very different 2020 elections that are beginning to play out. Democrats are arguing with Republicans and among themselves about issues -- above all health care -- but also climate change and paying for college that have energized the liberal grass roots. A Democratic President and Congress in 2021 would put America on a hugely different course than the Trump administration and seek to engineer a makeover of the government's role in health care, education and the economy.

The push for Medicare for All is causing a fault line in the Democratic Party as moderate candidates balk at the prospect of forcing millions of Americans to forgo their private insurance.

The drive for government-run health care offers an opening for Republicans like Trump, who argue that Democrats are moving far to the left of where most Americans stand. But Trump, despite repeatedly vowing to dismantle Obamacare and issuing vague vows to provide much better health care has never offered anything like the specifics aired in Minnesota.

The President, who is brewing a campaign based on racial resentment and nationalism, is trying to portray Omar and three other ultra-liberal women known as "The Squad" as clones of the world's most extreme left-wing forces who represent a mortal threat to America and its traditional values and capitalist system.

The President -- who delivered blistering criticism of the state of America while running for President -- has suggested if Omar doesn't like how America is, she should leave the country. His attacks have forced the rest of the Democratic Party to close ranks around the four women -- perhaps playing into Trump's hands. Some Democrats have privately expressed concerns that the radical policies of the most left-wing members of the 2019 House intake could alienate suburban voters who helped the party win back the chamber in the midterms.

The divergent approaches between the President and liberal Democrats over the past few days highlight the most fascinating questions already powering the 2020 election.

They include: will Trump's searing, nativist approach expand his 2016 coalition mainly made up of white non-college educated voters and evangelicals, or could it alienate more moderate voters uneasy with attacks on minorities like Omar?

The Minnesota town hall also crystallized the ideological ferment in the Democratic Party which some centrist candidates fear could be marching too far left on issues like health care and walking into a GOP trap. Until Election Day, however, no one can know if there is a liberal resurgence in the country that is not being picked up by east coast pundits, much as Trump's revolt for "forgotten Americans" went below the radar in 2016.

Trump disavows chants

There were signs Thursday that even Trump thinks he might have gone too far on one aspect of the controversy over "The Squad" as he tried to disavow chants targeting Omar at his rally in which he basked on Wednesday night.

"I'm not happy about -- when I hear chants like that," Trump told reporters on Thursday.

The President has spent days suggesting that Omar and her colleagues, Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, should leave the country so his comments appeared disingenuous. And he did not back down from his attacks, claiming Thursday that everyone should share his own vision of American patriotism.

"But, I will tell you, the congressmen and women also have a big obligation in this country and in every country, frankly," Trump said. "But they have a big obligation. And the obligation is to love your country. There's such hatred. They have such hatred."

The President triggered the furor over the weekend by tweeting that Omar and her three minority colleagues should "go back" to their crime infested countries. All four are US citizens and three of them were born in the United States.

The insult used one of the most basic tropes of racism, though many of Trump's loyal supporters denied that he was targeting the women for their color rather than their radical politics.

Arizona Iced Tea and Adidas offered super exclusive shoes for 99 cents, and the police had to shut them down

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(CNN) -- The great big brand collaboration machine has chosen two more ingredients at random, put them in a martini shaker and belched out another limited edition, OMG-why-do-I-want-it-so-bad crossover.

This is the new, extremely limited-edition AriZona Iced Tea x Adidas shoe collection, which will be completely sold out by the time you read this. That strong sense of confusion you feel is your brain trying to comprehend these two brands together, and your heart realizing that you really, REALLY want them.

To add to the maelstrom of footwear-related feelings, these shoes are only 99 cents. Get it? Like a can of AriZona Iced Tea! But, they were only available Thursday at Adidas' NYC pop-up store in New York City.

The hybrid wonder shoes attracted such a crowd at the event the NYPD had to come and shut it down for safety reasons.

So unless you were in New York City super early and/or are ready to spend around $300 for a pair on eBay (yep, they're already there), you can say goodbye to your dreams of wearing AriZona Iced Tea's iconic teal and cherry blossom theme on your feet.

Don't even look at these neon-colored Rugrats-era throwback Continentals. It's too painful.

Until you read this, you didn't know you wanted these things. And now, you can't have them! The modern-day Tantalus stoops to drink not from a pool of water, but a pool of AriZona Iced Tea. So too does it dry up as his parched lips draw near. He reaches not for the fruit of the tree, but an Adidas shoebox, and it likewise shrinks from his grasp.

What evil beings we must be to have these pleasures laid in front of us, yet be denied.

No one wants the middle seat on airplanes. This design could change that

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(CNN) -- It is a truth universally acknowledged that middle seats on airplanes are the worst.

Being awkwardly sandwiched in between two people while fighting for elbow room is the bane of most passengers. Now a new design might actually make people want the middle seat -- or at least make the flying experience less miserable.

The S1 design from the Colorado-based startup, Molon Labe Seating, features three economy seats in a staggered layout, putting the middle seat slightly behind the aisle and window seats, and at a slightly lower height.

Sitting directly adjacent to two people means that passengers only have so much shoulder room. But moving the middle seat back a few inches allows for more space, so the company made the middle seat about three to five inches wider than the standard 18 inch seat.

"That little bit of stagger means that every single person gets to spread out a little more," Hank Scott, the founder and CEO of Molon Labe Seating, told CNN.

Passengers won't have to fight over elbow space either. The armrests are also built so that they are not a uniform height from front to back. They will allow the aisle and window passengers to rest their elbows on the front of the armrest while leaving space at the back, which is lower, for the middle passenger.

"No seats are any smaller, one seat ends up being wider, and we've solved the elbow wars," Scott said.

The seats are intended for shorter, domestic flights, though the company is developing a version for longer flights that include more padding and larger TV screens.

So when can passengers test out these seats for themselves?

The seats were certified by the Federal Aviation Administration last month, and are being manufactured by Primus Aerospace in Colorado. Scott said that he expected they would be available on two airlines by April or May of 2020. Though he could not disclose which airlines would feature the seats, he said one of them is based in North America.

It's not just passengers who will be happier with the new arrangement, Scott said. The seats are lighter than standard airline seats, which could help cut down on fuel costs.

"For an airline, it's kind of a no-brainer," he said.

The S1 seats won't fix everything about flying -- the seats don't recline or offer any more legroom. And that's not to mention the food, the chatty passengers, the inefficient boarding and de-boarding processes ... and the list goes on.

"It's still going to suck," Scott said. "Now it's going to suck less."

Meet the guy behind the ‘Area 51’ page. He’s terrified of what he’s created

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LAS VEGAS – It’s all fun and games until you accidentally incite a giant mob to raid a top-secret military base.

The internet has been buzzing with excitement about a Facebook event entitled, “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” with 1.7 million people having clicked “Going” and another 1.2 million have indicating they’re “Interested” on the event page.

Hitherto cloaked in mystery, the man behind the legend has stepped forward.

On June 27, Matty Roberts, who lives in California, created the Facebook page as a joke, not realizing that millions would rally behind his battle cry to “see them aliens” at the Air Force facility in Nevada.

Most, but not all, knew the desert congregation scheduled for September 20 was in jest, as the page included instructions such as “If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.” (For the uninitiated, “naruto run” is a reference to a type of running in a popular anime show.)

The creator is afraid the FBI may knock on his door

“I waited for like three days and there were like 40 people and then it just completely took off out of nowhere,” he told CNN affiliate KLAS-TV in Las Vegas. “It was pretty wild.”

Roberts told KLAS he’d declined interviews as interest was skyrocketing because he thought if he revealed his identity he might have FBI agents showing up at his door.

“I was just like, the FBI’s going to show up at my house and it got a little spooky from there,” he said.

Roberts said he came up with the idea for the meme page after podcaster Joe Rogan interviewed Area 51 whistleblower Bob Lazar and filmmaker Jeremy Corbell. Lazar claims that he worked with an alien spacecraft while he was employed in one of Area 51’s underground facilities.

Before coming out to KLAS, Roberts communicated with NPR via Facebook messenger under the pseudonym Val.

“I just thought it would be a funny idea for the meme page,” he wrote.

Roberts/Val also said that, although he doubted he’d have an actual army gathered to run into Area 51 this September, he’d been in touch “with some pretty great people” to plan a safer, yet still out-of-this-world desert event.

For its part, the Air Force told the Washington Post that Area 51 is an “open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.”

CNN has also reached out to Roberts to talk more about his online sensation and how he might wield his newfound following. We’ll let you know when we make first contact.

When it’s this hot, fans actually make your body hotter

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As temperatures near the 100-degree mark over the next few days, a special alert for those who don't have air conditioning and will rely on fans.

Fans should only be used when the outdoor air temperatures are cooler than they are indoors. Fans in windows can blow cooler air into a room from outside.

Since fans don't actually cool the air, the air currents flowing over the body must be cooler than your skin to control core body temperature.

When air temperatures reach 95 degrees, fans can actually make you hotter! In situations like this when there is more humidity, the evaporation off your skin is slower than normal. Fans make it even more difficult for the body to lose heat by sweating.

In order to make fans effective, it's important to wet the skin. Blowing the air over the damp skin will encourage evaporation which will cool the surface of the skin.

It's also important to stay hydrated. If the body doesn't have enough moisture, it won't produce enough sweat. That will put the body at more risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat kills more Americans each year than tornadoes and hurricanes combined.

-Meteorologist Eric Sorensen

 

Heat index impacts how crews battle attic fire

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MUSCATINE, Iowa-- Just after 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18, crews were called to a home in the 100 block of East 4th Street for reports of smoke coming from an apartment building.

The attic was filled with smoke and visible flames. The heat index at the time, was 108 degrees, so more crew members were called in. They were able to extinguish the fire quickly, but due to the heat and smoke build up, the building was ventilated.

No one was hurt. A cause has not been determined, but it does not appear intentional. Muscatine Fire Department officials say the six unit apartment building is managed by the Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA).

All the tenants, and their animals were ale to make it out safely. The Salvation Army is helping those who were displaced.

Veteran, Purple Heart recipient sworn in as newest West Liberty police officer

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WEST LIBERTY, Iowa -- A wounded war veteran and Purple Heart recipient is now sporting a new badge of honor as a West Liberty Reserve Officer.

On Thursday, during a dedication ceremony for the new Veteran’s Memorial area on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds, the West Liberty Police Department welcomed a highly-decorated veteran, Keyan Brown.

"I was like 'Chief, we can go into your office and you can swear me in there,'" Brown laughed. "And he's like 'No, no I want to do this."

Brown said he has dreamed of joining the military since he was just a kid, playing with G.I. Joe toy soldiers in his backyard.

"I actually had that dream accomplished," Brown said "April 19th, 2010 is when I enlisted in the United States Army."

Unfortunately for Brown, that dream was cut short just a year later while touring in Afghanistan.

"One night we actually received incoming. We received mortars, RPGs and rifles fired from three different locations at us in a complex attack," Brown said. "When I was coming back in the tent, a RPG hit about 15 feet away. Put scrap metal in me from head to toe. Picked me up and threw me about 15 feet across the tent."

That attack leaving him with a traumatic brain injury, facial and hearing damage, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. To better cope with his trauma, Brown now leans on his service dog Galilee.

"Gali’s just been my go-to," Brown said "She’s been my helper. She’s such a blessing to me."

Brown said now he will have others to rely on as he joins a brotherhood with men who know what he has been through.

"I'm a veteran myself," said Chief Kary Kenworth of West Liberty Police. Chief Kenworth said he knows what it is like to struggle as you re-enter society.

"You went from a hostile, combat situation and now you’re expected to just blend right in and go on with your life," Chief Kenworth said.

But the West Liberty Police Department is no stranger to veterans.

"We’re a small department and five of my six (full-time) officers are veterans," Chief Kenworth said. "So it’s a big deal for us to help and support our veterans."

Chief Kenworth said departments gain a huge advantage by hiring veterans.

"At one point they signed a check payable to the United States for their life," Chief Kenworth said. "You’ve got somebody that's willing to give their life for other people and then we can bring them into our profession; it’s a huge deal."

A department, Keyan Brown said, he is humbled to be apart of.

The West Liberty Police Department is also selling a special-edition Military Appreciation police patch to benefit veterans. All proceeds will be split equally between Puppy Jake Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed at partnering veterans with service dogs, and the Patriot Guard Riders, a group that supports fallen and active veterans.

Patches can be bought for $20 at West Liberty City Hall.

Those from out of town can send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) with a check or money order for $20 to:

WLPD – Military Patch

409 N Calhoun Street

West Liberty, Iowa. 52776

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