LMPD VIper Unit helps fire victims - WDRB 41 Louisville News

LMPD Viper Unit helps fire victims

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LOUISVILLE, KY.  (WDRB)--The Metro Police Department's newly formed Viper Unit has struck again.  But instead of taking guns or bad guys off the streets, this time police are leaving something behind.

"We've been operational now for 8 weeks," says Lt. Kit Steimle, Commander Metro Police Viper Unit.

They've spent the last few months taking guns and suspected bad guys off the streets.

"As of today we've got 89 guns," says Lt. Steimle.  And Thursday, they were preparing for another important mission...but this it was not as dangerous.

Lt. Steimle says, "We are doing Christmas and household items for two families...that were displaced in a fire."

The Viper Unit provided Christmas to people who lost everything during a fire and police standoff a Phoenix Hill townhouse last month.

Ebony Carson is one of them.  She says, "He loss his bed and a lot of the stuff he was using for his therapy."

Carson is a single parent and says the gifts will help make up for what she lost in the fire.  "It's really helpful...I am thankful for everything."

Lt. Steimle says giving back is just as important as taking the guns and criminals off the streets.  "This is our way of showing that we do care...that we can't arrest our way out of crime that we have to have community support."

And that community support has helped the viper unit hit the ground running. "It's a marathon not a sprint so we have a long way to go but we're on the right track," says Lt. Steimle.

The gifts were all provided by the LMPD Foundation and Brown Forman Corporation.

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