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Trump honors police officer who adopted baby from mom addicted to heroin

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Trump honors police officer who adopted baby from mom addicted to heroin

Officer Ryan Holets says he simply did the right thing when he came across a pregnant woman about to shoot up heroin behind a convenience store. Instead of taking her to jail, he decided to adopt her baby.

The Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officer was lauded on one of the biggest stages Tuesday, with President Donald Trump recognizing him during his State of the Union address and saying he and his wife, Rebecca, “embody the goodness of our nation.”

“Last year, Ryan was on duty when he saw a pregnant, homeless woman preparing to inject heroin,” Trump told the nation. “When Ryan told her she was going to harm her unborn child, she began to weep. She told him she didn’t know where to turn, but badly wanted a safe home for her baby.

“In that moment, Ryan said he felt God speak to him: ‘You will do it — because you can.’ He heard those words,'” Trump said. “He went home to tell his wife Rebecca. In an instant, she agreed to adopt. The Holets named their new daughter Hope.”

Holets was one of 15 special guests invited by first lady Melania Trump to attend the address. He sat to her left in his dress blues along with his wife, who held 3-month-old Hope, swaddled in a pink blanket.
The entire chamber stood and gave the young family a standing ovation. The couple rose, too, nodding and waving to the crowd.

During his address, Trump also spoke of the administration’s ongoing efforts to curb the growing epidemic, including declaring it a public health emergency.

“Never before has it been like it is now,” Trump said. “It is terrible. We have to do something about it.”

Trump told the chamber that in 2016 alone, 64,000 Americans died of drug overdoses — what he said amounted to 174 deaths every day. Since 2000, the epidemic has killed more than 500,000 Americans — and the administration has said opioid abuse remains one of its highest domestic priorities.

Read more… CNN

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