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The Detroit News - - Nation & World - BY SHAWN D. LEWIS The Detroit News

Westland — Pa­trick Stropes’ road to drug ad­dic­tion be­gan with his first drink at 13.

“I got the al­co­hol from home,” Stropes, 52, of Canton Town­ship.

That led to other drugs and con­fronta­tions with law en­force­ment.

“But as of to­day, I’ve been sober for 1,700 days, since I as­saulted a Canton po­lice of­fi­cer,” he said.

Dressed in a suit and tie, look­ing far dif­fer­ent from his ear­lier mug shots, Stropes fought back tears as he par­tic­i­pated in a


Brandy Baker / Spe­cial to The Detroit News

Pa­trick Stropes and Lisa Croff af­ter Stropes thanked law en­force­ment and health of­fi­cials for help­ing him get clean.

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