Phoenix police officer remodels home for burglary victim

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PHOENIX -- Linda Tims cannot believe the transformation inside her Phoenix home.

"Unbelievable. It's a miracle," she said. "I was at that point that I was ready just to give up."

Dealing with medical issues and coping with the loss of her husband and parents, Tims moved in with her daughter and left her home vacant.

The home was looted and damaged in a series of burglaries. Phoenix Police Officer Glenn Branham responded in more ways than one.

"I came here for a burglary," said Branham, who was first sent to the home on Aug. 17. "She was in the hospital for a month. It was vacant. People started to vandalize her house, stealing other items. She had showed me the damage. Someone stole all of her copper."

The thieves also made off with the air conditioner.

Tims recovered, but it appeared her home would be a total loss.

"He asked me if I had any, you know, little bit of money," Tims recalled. "I said, 'No, it goes for prescriptions or the bills that are here.' "

Branham worked in construction before becoming a police officer and took it upon himself to fix up the place. He estimated the cost of restoration would be between $60,000 and $70,000.

"He said that, you know, he could help me, and would I be willing to give him the key to my house?" Tims said.

On Aug. 23, Branham and at least 20 of his friends and family members worked to prepare the home for restoration.

Angels on Patrol helped out with new furniture and building materials, and several Valley businesses came on board.

After about two months of work on his own time, Branham returned the remodeled home to Tims on Friday.

"He was God sent. He was Heaven sent," she said.