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WWII veteran receives ultimate birthday surprise at 93

WWII veteran receives ultimate birthday surprise at 93

A World War II veteran was left speechless on his 93rd birthday after a platoon of young marines and young marine recruits paraded by his Florida home and showered him with gifts.Peter V. Ruvolo’s neighbors in Lake Worth were in tears Wednesday while they watched the Young Marines of the Palm Beaches thank him for his years of service, Ruvolo’s daughter, JoAnn Ruvolo Pedalino, told Fox News. RETIREE HELPS HOMELESS MAN GET A SECOND CHANCE, SPARKING LIFELONG FRIENDSHIP”Those young marines came down the block, and my father stood up and saluted them and would not sit down until that flag passed…it was just unbelievable,” she said, adding that her dad “could barely find the words” to express how much the day meant to him.
Peter V. Ruvolo and the Young Marines of the Palm Beaches. 
(Foye Belyea )Not only did the young men and women thank him for his service, but they also thanked him for pioneering the Young Marines of the Palm Beaches back in the ’90s. The program “strengthens the lives of America’s youth by teaching the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honoring our veterans, good citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle,” according to the Young Marines website. The Young Marines began in 1959 with “with one unit and handful of boys” before expanding across the nation and overseas. NYPD OFFICERS HELP AUTISTIC MAN WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE WHO GOT LOST IN NYC RETURN HOME TO FLORIDAHowever, Ruvolo was credited with starting the Palm Beaches unit where he served as support staff “in the formative years when the unit was just getting off the ground,” Foye Belyea, who serves as the unit commander for the Young Marines of the Palm Beaches, told Fox News.  The day represented a “celebration of the sacrifices of our military” and the promise of our nation’s future leaders, he said.  
The Young Marines of the Palm Beaches celebrating Peter V. Ruvolo’s birthday. 
(Foye Belyea )After the parade, the Young Marines sat down with Ruvolo to learn about his experiences and the value of education, according to Belyea. “And he really feels like his legacy is going to continue because of the Young Marines,” Ruvolo Pedalino said. “It was unbelievable the emotion that he felt for those young kids.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPInitially, the veteran didn’t even want to celebrate his birthday after his wife passed away in August 2020. Their birthdays were only two weeks apart and they had “always celebrated it together,” Ruvolo Pedalino said. 
Peter V. Ruvolo with gifts presented to him from The Young Marines of the Palm Beaches.
( JoAnn Ruvolo Pedalino)However, Ruvolo Pedalino was determined to lift his spirits.”And boy did it ever,” she said. “It was just the most memorable day ever for my dad and for our family and for the neighbors and community that came out to share this day with him,” Ruvolo Pedalino added. After the day concluded, the 93-year-old said that it was the best birthday he’d ever had. 

Wisconsin Walmart employee facing charges after repeatedly punching elderly woman, police

Wisconsin Walmart employee facing charges after repeatedly punching elderly woman, police

A Walmart employee in Wisconsin is facing charges after police say she assaulted an elderly woman. According to the Mount Pleasant Police Department, the customer, identified as 71-year-old P.K. Shader, was “punched multiple times” in the head and face after getting into a “verbal argument” with a cashier at the store on South Oaks Road in Mount Pleasant.Representatives for Walmart and the Racine County District Attorney’s Office, which is handling the case, have not immediately responded to Fox News’ request for comment. WALMART SHOPPER SUBDUES MASKLESS MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY THREATENED TO ASSAULT CUSTOMERS, VIDEO SHOWSThe employee, 17-year-old Jazareia Velasquez, has since been charged with aggravated battery to an elderly person and disorderly conduct. Even though she is only 17 years old, in the state of Wisconsin Velasquez can be charged as an adult, according to police.Images provided to Fox News from Shader show the extent of her bruises, which appear to be under both her eyes. Despite her injuries, however, police say Shader did not “require immediate medical attention.”
A photo of PK Shader after allegedly being attacked by a Walmart employee at a store in Wisconsin. 
(P.K. Shader )Police also did not offer any details about the altercation. However, Shader posted the same image of her battered face to Facebook saying: “My recommendation would be to think VERY carefully before you ask a Racine Walmart store employee to open another register.” According to FOX6, Shader had asked to speak with a manager regarding her interaction with Velasquez. Afterward, Shader went to find Velasquez in order to get her name, according to a criminal complaint obtained by the outlet. When Shader couldn’t find her nametag, she tried to take a picture of Velasquez to send to Walmart’s corporate headquarters, according to the complaint. However, Velasquez allegedly told her not to take any pictures and then proceeded to punch Shader multiple times, according to court paperwork. The attack continued even as another employee pulled Velasquez off Shader, the complaint stated. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPShader told FOX Business that she is still waiting to hear from Walmart but directed all other comments to her lawyer who claims “management stood by” while the “savage attack” took place. “In my view, this savage attack by a young adult employee of a Walmart … management stood by and watched,” Carl Ricciardi of Carl L. Ricciardi Law Offices told FOX Business in a statement. “One would have to ask, why have our youth lost respect for adults and for each other and why did management not intervene to intervene, to help?”

Retiree helps homeless man get a second chance, sparking lifelong friendship

Retiree helps homeless man get a second chance, sparking lifelong friendship

After 30 years of living on the streets of California, Robert Pineda was pulled to his feet and given a second chance by a man who lived on the opposite side of the country. To this day, the two men remain best friends.In May 2019, Rhode Island resident Scott Kuczmarski was visiting California and met Pineda in Palo Alto for the first time. Pineda was riding his bike, which was packed with “300 pounds of stuff,” Kuczmarski told Fox News. As Kuczmarski remembers it, Pineda was “smiling ear to ear as he’s riding down the road.” It left an impression on Kuczmarski, who recalled thinking: “I got to meet this guy.” NYPD OFFICERS HELP AUTISTIC MAN WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE WHO GOT LOST IN NYC RETURN HOME TO FLORIDAAt the time Kuczmarski, who’s retired, had been handing out water bottles to the homeless community in the area while simultaneously taking care of his son, who was doing a medical school rotation at Stanford. 
Scott Kuczmarski and Robert Pineda in Palo Alto, California.
(Scott Kuczmarski )Prior to his journey to California, Kuczmarski read “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama, which is based on the idea that “you can’t be happy by pursuing your own happiness directly, you have to pursue it through the happiness of others,” he said.He was “enthralled” with the idea and wanted to test the theory by helping the homeless community and his son during his four-week stint at the medical school.After mustering up the courage to talk to Pineda, the two met for coffee. They instantly had a connection and proceeded to meet for breakfast “almost every day for the next two or three weeks” while Kuczmarski was still in the area, he said.  DOG RESCUED 1,600 MILES FROM HOME, REUNITED WITH FAMILY AFTER 10 YEARS”Once you become friends with somebody, [you] become a friend for life,” Pineda told Fox News, adding that after each interaction they began to trust each other even more and “just hit it off from there.” They stayed in touch and by October 2019, Kuczmarski ended up back in California while his son was doing another rotation for medical school. This time, Kuczmarski  – who had hoped to gain Pineda’s trust even more – spent a night with him on the streets, specifically a commercial parking garage in Palo Alto. 
Robert Pineda in Palo Alto, California.
(Scott Kuczmarski )”It doesn’t take more than one night to realize how invisible you become and how people just ignore you,” Kuczmarski said. Kuczmarski recalls times when Pineda had been “jumped and beaten with rocks by multiple people.” Kuczmarski’s plan was to build enough trust with Pineda so he could eventually help him get mental health care services through the Opportunity Center of the Midpeninsula, an affordable apartment complex and service center dedicated to helping the homeless community and low-income individuals while also offering free health care. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APKuczmarski also gave Pineda a cellphone so the two could stay in better contact. By May 2020, Pineda, with Kuczmarksi’s help, moved to a small cabin in Foster, Rhode Island. “We’re only 30 miles apart, you know, so we can connect,” Pineda said. At 59 years old, Pineda left his “whole life behind in hopes of just finding a better life,” he said. The cabin didn’t have a lot.; it had its own outhouse and the duo has been “slowly adding to it” together. Pineda said everything changed because he was in the “right place at the right time.” “Scott was doing something with his life and he … not only just wanted to live his retirement, but he wanted to share his life with me,” Pineda said. “And I shared my life with him. And I think those are unshakable.”

Dog rescued 1,600 miles from home, reunited with family after 10 years

Dog rescued 1,600 miles from home, reunited with family after 10 years

An Arkansas family was reunited with their long-lost dog Tuesday after 10 years apart.The rescue mission to return the beloved dog named Razzle to his rightful owners – however – was no simple task.  It was thanks in large part to the efforts of California resident Jeremy Wade, a passionate dog rescuer, who personally flew Razzle across the country, about 1,600 miles, back home to the Howards. 
Jeremy Wade and Razzle heading from California to Arkansas.
(Jeremy Wade)”Getting Razzle back has meant the world to our family,” Vickey Langley, who got Razzle microchipped for her sister’s family in 2005, told Fox News. “We have been overwhelmed with the kindness from all the people who have helped to get him home.” Razzle had gone missing back in 2011. At the time, Aaron and Rhonda Howard’s children, Simon and Seth, were only 8 and 15 years old, respectively. 
Simon, 5, and Seth, 12, and their dog Razzle. 
( Vickey Langley)Now, at 18 and 25 years old, the two boys were able to hold him once again. GIRLS SELL LEMONADE TO RAISE MONEY FOR FAMILY OF FALLEN COLORADO POLICE OFFICERIf you asked Wade, though, he would say he was only a small piece of the rescue mission. “I’d just like to think of myself as a very small part of a very important chain that has to all work to try to reduce the number of homeless or neglected animals out there,” Wade told Fox News.  About two years ago, Wade began flying as a hobby. Shortly after, he became involved with Pilots n Paws, a nonprofit that connects those who rescue, shelter or foster animals with volunteer pilots so they can team up on missions like Razzle’s. 
The Howard family reuniting with Razzle after 10 years. Pictured from left to right: Aaron Howard, Simon Howard, Jeremy Wade, Seth Howard, Rhonda Howard, Vickey Langley, Seth’s wife, Elizabeth.
( Vickey Langley)Jennifer Colletto, otherwise known as the “transport queen,” contacted Wade earlier this month after Razzle was found at a shelter in Northern California. After scanning his microchip, officials at the shelter in Stockton were able to track down his owners. “His health was dire when the shelter found him,” Wade said. NYPD OFFICERS HELP AUTISTIC MAN WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE WHO GOT LOST IN NYC RETURN HOME TO FLORIDAUntil it was time to bring him home, Debbie Newton, who volunteers with a local rescue organization, arranged “lots of vet visits and cared for him as they tried to stabilize his health a bit,” he said. In fact, “his medical state was so fragile” Wade said he wouldn’t survive the two-leg trip as animal cargo in a crate. So, Wade eagerly volunteered to fly him personally. 
Jeremy Wade and Razzle heading from California to Arkansas.
(Jeremy Wade)”It is impossible generally to get to Arkansas without a stopover, unless [you’re] going to XNA [Northwest Arkansas National Airport] in Fayetteville, where they sometimes have direct flights,” Wade said. “And so it was my pleasure to get to be a part of getting him home.” Around 3:30 a.m. on July 6, Wade started his journey. He flew from San Carlos, a city in San Mateo County, California, to Calaveras County in Northern California to grab Razzle from the shelter. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFrom there it was a five-and-a-half-hour journey to Santa Fe, where he stopped for fuel and another five-and-a-half hours the rest of the way to Heber Springs, Arkansas. It was the very town Wade had grown up in. Throughout the journey, Wade worried about a “myriad of things that can go wrong2,” including oxygen levels and weather that could cause them to get stuck overnight somewhere. However, that stress was alleviated the moment Razzle was reunited with his family. “It was so wonderful to reach in and lift him out of the crate for them to see him for the first time,” Wade said. 

Girls sell lemonade to raise money for family of fallen Colorado police officer

Girls sell lemonade to raise money for family of fallen Colorado police officer

Two young girls from Colorado, devastated and confused over the tragic loss of a local hero, created a lemonade stand in order to raise funds for his grieving family. Officer Gordon Beesley, a 19-year veteran of the Arvada Police Department, was shot and killed on June 21 by a suspect who “expressed a hatred for police,” according to the department. He left behind a wife and two children.  NYPD OFFICERS HELP AUTISTIC MAN WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE WHO GOT LOST IN NYC RETURN HOME TO FLORIDAThe news sent shockwaves throughout the entire community, including 9-year-old Scarlet Reust, who instantly put herself in the family’s shoes, her mother, Ashley Conn, told Fox News. 
Scarlet Reust, 9, and Addyson Elliot, 10, in Commerce City, Colorado.
(Colorado’s 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. )”They know police as their heroes and their protectors and for one of them to pass like that is really just kind of confusing,” Conn said. She recalls her daughter immediately asking, “What if that was my dad? … He had kids, like, what if that was my dad?” Very quickly, the 9-year-old turned her “feelings into something constructive,” Conn said. She enlisted the help of her best friend, 10-year-old Addyson Elliot, and the two got to work on their stand in Commerce City, which is just west of Arvada.  WALMART SHOPPERS BREAK OUT INTO ‘STAR-SPANGLED BANNER’ OVER FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND IN VIRAL VIDEOOver the course of three days, the two girls spent countless hours outside collecting money for the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation, which goes directly to Beesley’s family. Their efforts paid off. Droves of people, many who personally knew Beesley, stopped by to not only donate but to share stories about him. One teenager, who mentioned that her dad was a cop, even “emptied her wallet,” when she got to the lemonade stand, according to Conn. 
Scarlett Reust, 9, and Addyson Elliott, 10, in Commerce City, Colorado.
(Colorado’s 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. )Colorado’s 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office also came out in support of the young girls – who they say are “shining examples” of the community – and posted their efforts on Facebook to help spread the word. “It really just touches the community, the law enforcement community, when people want to give back to them,” Conn said. “I mean it’s $2,000, but it was the meaning behind it.” Beesley was a school resource officer and a former recipient of the Arvada Employee of the Year award but more importantly, “he was loved by all, especially his wife and two children,” Arvada Mayor Marc Williams said in a statement. Conn later learned that Beesley went above and beyond for his community, which included riding bikes to school with children if they didn’t have anyone to go with them just to make sure they got there safely. 
Scarlett Reust, 9, and Addyson Elliott, 10, in Commerce City, Colorado.
(Ashley Conn)To date, the girls raised more than $1,800 for Beesley’s family, Arvada Police Department spokesperson Dave Snelling told Fox News.  The girls were even able to hand-deliver the money to the police chief of the Arvada police last week. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWhen they did, Conn said the officers were “teary-eyed.” “Unfortunately, one of their brothers died. So they’re all broken right now,” she said. “And the fact that the girls did something nice really, like, warmed them up inside.” 

Iowa's Adventureland Park water ride accident leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

Iowa's Adventureland Park water ride accident leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

One of the four people injured on a ride at Iowa’s Adventureland Park over the weekend has died, park officials announced Sunday.  Four people were hospitalized after the raft on the Raging River ride overturned Saturday around 7:30 p.m. Three guests were transported to the hospital in critical condition, according to park officials. Six people were on the raft when the accident happened. “Adventureland is saddened to learn of the passing of one guest involved in the Raging River accident,” a park spokesperson told Fox News in an emailed statement.  VIDEO OF SIX FLAGS LOG FLUME ACCIDENT AFTERMATH APPEARS TO SHOW DAMAGED TRACKThe park issued the same statement on its Facebook page where officials also confirmed that the ride will remain closed while the incident is under investigation. The Raging River, which first opened in 1983, had just reopened for the season. The ride sends riders through rapids on large circular rafts.”Adventureland is working closely with both the state and local authorities, and would like to thank them again for their efforts,” the Facebook post continued. 
Adventureland Raging River ride reportedly overturned, sending six passengers into the water on the evening of July 3.
(Google Maps)The Altoona fire and police departments were on the park property and responded immediately, according to park officials. In a separate Facebook post, park officials claimed that the ride had been inspected just one day before the accident occurred and that it “was found to be in sound working order.”  CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIn 2016, Adventureland employee Steve Booher was killed while working on the Raging River ride. Booher was helping people get out of the rafts when he fell on the conveyor belt. He died four days later.Representatives for the Altoona Police Department did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Elsa latest: Florida on notice as tropical storm expected to churn over Cuba before passing near Keys

Elsa latest: Florida on notice as tropical storm expected to churn over Cuba before passing near Keys

A larger number of Florida residents are being told to brace for Tropical Storm Elsa, which is nearing landfall in Cuba after battering the southern coasts of Haiti and the Dominican Republic over the weekend. At least three people have been killed.On Monday, the National Hurricane Center extended its tropical storm warnings and watches north along the west coast of Florida. As of Monday morning, Elsa was closing in on West-Central Cuba. A storm surge watch is also in effect for portions of the west coast of Florida, according to officials. Elsa, which had been a Category 1 hurricane earlier on Saturday, weakened in its approach before heading to Cuba and was downgraded to a tropical storm. Prior to that, the storm sped through the Caribbean and at one point, had maximum sustained winds of 65 mph.ELSA LATEST: TROPICAL STORM WARNING ISSUED FOR PARTS OF FLORIDA KEYSTropical storm conditions are expected in portions of the Florida Keys and southwestern Florida on Monday night and Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center tweeted. Meanwhile, officials also noted that a “tropical storm watch and a storm surge watch are in effect for much of the west coast of Florida.” A tropical storm warning, according to the National Hurricane Center, is issued when “tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area.” A tropical storm watch is issued when “tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area.”ELSA DEVASTATES CARIBBEAN ISLANDS AS FLORIDA BRACES FOR IMPACTElsa is projected to approach the Florida Keys, the Florida Peninsula and coastal Georgia through Wednesday, bringing with it heavy rainfall that may result in “isolated flash, urban and minor river flooding,” the National Hurricane Center said. The storm prompted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency in 15 Florida counties, including in Miami-Dade County where a high-rise condominium building collapsed last week. DeSantis warned residents to prepare for possible flooding which may lead to potential power outages. “Now is the time to restock your supplies and review your hurricane plan,” DeSantis tweeted. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAfter striking Florida, heavy rains are expected to hit the coastal region of South and North Carolina, which may also create “isolated flash and urban flooding,” according to the National Hurricane Center. The coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas also face a risk of tropical storm conditions and storm surge impacts Wednesday and Thursday. Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer, Brie Stimson and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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