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The Deadly Drink
MANY PETTY thieves lack the education and background for better employment, and often work in fast-food places. When officers eat someplace where a worker is someone they ...

THE DEADLY DRINK

Lisa Lerner, wife of Officer Chuck Lerner

Law Enforcement Missionary El Paso, TX

MANY PETTY thieves lack the education and background for better employment, and often work in fast-food places. When officers eat someplace where a worker is someone they once arrested, they have to watch out for “revenge” in the way of finding spit, bugs, snot, etc., in their food.

Our daughter was six months old, and Chuck was working second (the “graveyard”) shift, training a rookie. This night they ate at a local pizza joint they frequented, and Chuck saw that one of the employees was someone he had arrested once. Not long after they had eaten and left, Chuck started to swell and sweat profusely. He felt really sick, so called me to say he was coming home.

When he came through the front door, his face was nearly unrecognizable because it was swollen so badly. His uniform was soaked with sweat, and he just stumbled past me into the bathroom. Chuck’s partner was white as a sheet, and said he didn’t know what happened: They had shared the same pizza, but he had tea and Chuck had a soda. Going to the bathroom I found Chuck slumped down in the shower, pale and very listless. I didn’t know whether to call 9-1-1 or take him to the ER. In a moment it was as though God was telling me to call 9-1-1. The ambulance arrived within minutes. When the medics began to take Chuck’s vitals, they could not get a blood pressure reading. His pulse was so low that the “look” between the two EMTs almost sent me to my knees in prayer. They injected both of his thighs with Epinephrine, started an IV in both arms, and took him code 3 (emergency, use lights and siren) to a local hospital. I called friends to stay with our daughter so I could go with him. Believe me, this was one time when I “pray[ed] without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

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At the ER the doctors determined he had “ingested” something that had sent him into anaphylactic shock. They also said that if I had decided to drive him to the hospital myself, he would not have survived. We never determined exactly what was in his drink, but whatever it was could have killed him. God has been faithful to watch over Chuck all these years, and we’re so grateful for his merciful care that night.


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