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INDIANAPOLIS — “I think he gave us hope. I think he helped us to persevere through some difficult times,” says Indianapolis resident Jean Gaunt. Gaunt’s son was in crisis when she first met IMPD detective David Kuchta-Drane. “He had become very violent and very difficult to care for,” she says.

Kuchta-Drane responded as part of his job with MCAT, IMPD’s Mobile Crisis Assistance Team. “I tried to empower their son with resources to try and get control of himself. His immediate reaction at that time, is that the police is going to come there and take him to jail. And I said, “That’s not what we want to do. We want to keep you and your family together,” says Kuchta-Drane.

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