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Officers get recognition for saving family holiday

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - While Christmas was more than month ago, a woman in Port St. Lucie Wednesday finally got to finally meet her Secret Santas, who pitched in during her family’s time of need.

Using a pair of hedge trimmers, burglars got into Kathy Morais’ Port St. Lucie home in early December.

“The first thing that came to my mind was the Christmas presents.  Oh no, the Christmas presents are gone," said Morais.

Among the missing items, one from the top of her 8-year-old daughter’s wish list, an Xbox.

“I was devastated.  I was devastated," said Morais.

So far, the thieves have eluded capture.

Morais feared it wasn’t going to be a very Merry Christmas, but a chance encounter started the ball rolling toward a happy holiday.

Morais works as a therapist, a Port St. Lucie police officer came in for treatment. They got to talking, and during their conversation, she told him what happened.

“He said to me, ‘Let me see what we can do,’" recalled Morais.

Sgt. Matthew Wood enlisted his squad for help.  They pitched in to get Kathy’s family a new game console.

“Knowing Kathy and her background and how hard she worked to save up for that present," said Wood.

Wednesday, Kathy got to thank the squad in person as they all received Civic Awards from the city.

“Hopefully people understand that we’re out here to help and we do serve and we have families of our own," said Wood.

Wood didn’t ask for this recognition.  But he did ask Kathy for one thing. A picture on Christmas Day, when Kathy’s daughter opened the Xbox. 

“It just goes to show that there are some amazing people out there," said Morais.

Sometimes it seems, Santa Claus wears blue.

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