(Arizona) To Assistant Attorney General Jesse Delaney, justice doesn’t begin or end in a courtroom.
It often starts with a call like the one she received in June about a home health care worker who may have hit an 89-year-old Alzheimer’s patient in the face. Delaney didn’t just green-light the worker’s arrest. With Tucson Police Detective Ericka Stropka, Delaney went to see the victim’s 91-year-old husband. Together, they got the couple’s life story. How he survived the Holocaust. How they met and married nearly 70 years ago, raised children and retired to Arizona. And how the woman hired to take care of them in their final years placed them in separate homes, leaving him to pine for the love of his life for all but the two hours a week he was allowed to sit with her. Within hours, Delaney and Stropka arranged for the couple to be reunited. An ambulance was hired and a hospital checkup scheduled.
This article was written by Kim Smith for the Arizona Daily Star.