LAPD officers who got ‘Extreme Makeover’ to help others

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIn October of last year, the show redesigned the police officer’s home so that she could more easily move from room to room. Ripatti and her husband now will be joining other families to pay it forward and help redesign a home that will offer a more adequate living space for a family of 10. The Swenson-Lee family expanded after a relative was murdered by an estranged boyfriend, leaving behind four children under 12. Vicki and husband, Erik, took in their nieces and nephews, who had lost their father several years earlier in a car accident. The couple has three young daughters of their own and are expecting a fourth child in November. Tim Pearce and Kristina Ripatti will make another appearance this weekend on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” when they help build a house for a family in Minnetonka, Minn. Ripatti, a former Los Angeles police officer who was shot and left paralyzed in June 2006, and her husband received a remade home of their own last year when volunteer builders and television producers descended upon their quiet street in north Redondo Beach. Sunday’s two-part edition begins at 7 p.m. and will feature the Redondo Beach couple and seven other families pitching in for the show’s 100th makeover. Ripatti drew the attention of the hit television series after community members, and even LAPD Chief William Bratton, sent letters imploring producers to help. last_img

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