Being a police officer in a city like Los Angeles is stressful enough on its own, but adding something like this on top is enough to make anyone think of hanging it up.
Yesterday at around 5pm, authorities were called to an Encino neighborhood due to reports of an angry bee swarm terrorizing the community. Residents were unable to exit their homes as bees would attack indiscriminately, with at least one person being stung.
An Air Force veteran with 18 years of service in LAPD’s volunteer unit named Gary was one of the first on the scene and immediately began directing traffic and telling neighbors to stay away and get indoors – but then the swarm turned on him. What happened next was absolutely gut wrenching.
The bees surrounded him and began stinging him repeatedly, and his attempts to swat them away only enraged them more. The overwhelming cloud caused the man to fall to the ground and hit his head, resulting in a fractured eye socket. He was stung 50 to 100 times.
Maybe even more tragically, the incident was broadcast on live TV with Gary’s son, Daniel, watching on in horror.
Daniel told KTLA 5:
“It was gut-wrenching, I couldn’t even believe it. It looked so painful.
It’s easy to criticize after the fact, but at the time, I’m sure everyone was doing the best they can or was not sure what to do, but it was just horrible.
I was yelling at the screen going, ‘Why aren’t people helping? This is ridiculous. Go out, please help.”
Can’t even imagine watching your dad go through that, knowing there’s nothing you or really anyone else could do at the moment. A beekeeper eventually arrived and was able to move the swarm away from the neighborhood.
Gary was eventually transported to a hospital where he remains in stable condition. Unfortunately, he will be responsible for any medical bills that come from this, as neither LAPD or the city of Los Angeles is responsible for injuries sustained by their volunteers, which is pretty lame.
A GoFundMe that was started to help with these costs has raised over $5,000 so far.
The good news is it seems like he will be able to make a full recovery, but my goodness talk about a horror movie of a day.
Got to respect the hell out of him still trying to serve his community after all these years. I truly hope the community comes together now to support him.