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Colorado car club launches fundraiser, finds new job for veteran found living in storage unit

ARVADA, Colo. — No longer will Chris Cline have to return home to a cold, dark storage unit. No longer will he have to work as an overnight security guard hardly able to pay his bills. Thanks to scores of Denver7 viewers, he has a new job and is on a path to long-term sustainability. The Colorado Dodge Challengers Club lives by a simple principle: ‘Go big or go home.’

The club members know power can be addictive, especially as they rev the engines of their Dodge Challengers.

“707,” Christine McClatchey says of the horsepower on her new Dodge Challenger Hellcat. It looks and, in part, sounds like a jet engine.

“Many times it does feel that way, yes,” she said.

Though she adores the vehicle, which she nicknamed “The Duckanator,” she’s put a different kind of power into overdrive through the club.

“We are obviously huge supporters of military veterans and that has a very obvious segue into law enforcement as well,” McClatchey said. In the last year and a half, the club began giving back to the community. Their first project was a fundraiser they held in the name of Jaimie Jursevics[1], a Colorado state trooper who died in the line of duty in 2015.

“That is actually cut from her uniform,” McClatchey said of a patch she framed and placed on a wall inside her home.

She said Jursevics’s family gave her the patch as a way to express gratitude for the fundraiser. The club has also hosted other fundraisers in recent months for various causes and organizations such as a local children’s hospital. Through their philanthropic efforts, they decided to assist Chris Cline after seeing his story on Denver7.[2]

One of the club members gave him a place to stay for free.[3] Then, other club members launched a GoFundMe online fundraiser[4] to try to help him pay down outstanding debts and fund various needs he put off for the last few years — including veterinary care for his dog, Anywyn, and vehicle maintenance.

For as much power as they have in their vehicles, she agrees that they’ve found a greater sense of power in trying to make a difference.

“I want this to be right for him going forward and our whole club does,” McClatchey said.

Cline lands new job

Through the roughly 750 car club members, Cline connected with Tiffany Jackson, who leads Compass Management and manages roughly a dozen properties.

“They said, ‘Would you be interested in interviewing with her,’ and I said, ‘Of course,'” he said.

“When I founded this company, when I launched this company, a big part of my business plan was to hire vets,” Jackson said. She had never met Cline, but she heard of his living situation in the storage unit and wanted to help. Jackson said Cline, and other veterans like him, would fit her company well.

“They learn organization, they learn facilities, they learn distribution, they learn structure,” she said. “[They have] hard work, work ethic,” she said.

Beginning Monday, Cline will assist her in maintaining all of her properties. Cline will leave behind the overnight security job he held for roughly five years. Instead, he’ll have better hours and comfortably better pay with Compass. Jackson said he’ll also have room to grow in his new job.

“I’m excited about where the company can go with him in place,” she said.

Eventually, once Cline is in his new gig, he’ll find a new place of his own to call home.

“Once I have that, it’s just a matter of getting used to a new lifestyle, a new place anyway — and living like a normal person,” he laughed. “They’re giving me more than I could have ever hoped, honestly.”

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MPs got rid of ‘intimidating’ armed guards at main gate

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A report found that some members and staff felt the presence of armed guards outside the main visitor entrances did not create a welcoming atmosphereHANNAH MCKAY/EPA

Permanent armed guards were removed from the gate at which PC Keith Palmer was murdered after MPs complained their presence was intimidatory , police sources have told The Times. The fixed armed position at Carriage Gates was replaced at some point over the past two years by a mobile firearms patrol. Parliamentary security sources confirmed that the switch had occurred but claimed it was because of Scotland Yard s concerns that a static armed officer on a gate that was usually open would be vulnerable to attack. The change in deployment could explain why the terrorist Khalid Masood was shot dead by a police close protection officer who happened to be on the scene rather than by a uniformed firearms officer stationed at Westminster.

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Lorain High School security guard accused of excessive force on student, officials say

LORAIN, Ohio — A Lorain High School security guard has been placed on paid administrative leave after being accused of excessive use of force on a student. Erin Gadd, director of communications and community engagement for Lorain City Schools, said the student did not need medical attention after the incident. The incident happened after school Thursday on school property, Gadd said.

Details of what prompted the excessive use of force are not immediately available.

“Our district does not condone excessive force if that is indeed what happened in this situation,” Lorain City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Graham said in a statement. “I will reach out to the family and the student involved so they feel comfortable returning to our school.”

The incident is under investigation by the Lorain City Schools security team and the Lorain Police Department.

Additional details will be released once police and the administration learn more about what happened.

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