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San Diego officers push vet on dead scooter

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SAN DIEGO (NBC) - Two San Diego police officers are being praised for helping a Vietnam veteran in trouble Memorial Day weekend.

Veteran Gil Larocque wasn't expecting his power scooter to stop working on a busy street the day before Memorial Day, but Officers Milo Shields and Eric Cooper pushed him all the way home.

"The least I could do was push him. You know, that's the least I could do," said Shields. "He's sacrificed and given so much to this country."

There were some hiccups along the nearly 2-mile route. The scooter weighed more than 300 pounds.

"Whenever we got to an intersection, we'd be in the middle of an intersection, pushing this guy and it would just lock up, so we'd have to drag this thing through the intersection," Cooper said.

Larocque has had trouble walking ever since he suffered several injuries in Vietnam. He can't drive so he uses the scooter to run errands for him and his 90-year-old father, who is a Pearl Harbor survivor.

"You wouldn't expect them to do something like that, push you all the way home," Larocque said. "I appreciate what they did. They went out of their way. How many people would stop?"
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