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Community hosts benefit for former officer

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

She spent 13 years protecting the public and according to her former colleagues, she took her lumps to earn the badge she wore.

Now retired officer Traci Stoppa is facing her biggest challenge, trying to recover from a stroke that has left her helpless in many ways.

The former Saginaw police officer wrestled with gang members on the Safe Streets Unit.

"She's just such a great person and it's so hard to see her struggle," said Courtney Holmes, Stoppa's niece.

In 2010 Stoppa suffered an aneurysm and stroke. Doctors didn't think she would make it, but little did they know she is as tough as nails.

She fought to regain her ability to walk and drive.

In December of 2015 she suffered another stroke, robbing her of the ability to eat, drink, speak or even blink.

She needs costly 24-hour care and physical therapy. Now her friends, family and community are giving back to the woman in uniform who gave so much to them.

Stoppa's former task force partner Erik Skabardis said the benefit was buzzing with people and that's a testament to Stoppa's work in the community.

"She's touched a lot of people's lives both on the job and off the job," Skabardis said.

If you want to help Stoppa you can make a tax-deductible donation to any PNC Bank.

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