Sher­iff’s of­fices giv­ing back in Florida

The Standard Journal - - POLICE & FIRE - From staff re­ports

Sup­plies col­lected over the past weeks made their way down to the Glades County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, well down in South Florida in some of the ar­eas hit hard­est by Hur­ri­cane Irma blow­ing on shore ear­lier this month.

A team from the Polk County Sher­iff’s Of­fice gath­ered up sup­plies do­nated at the depart­ment and teamed up with the Floyd County Sher­iff’s Of­fice to form their own Polk-Floyd Sher­iff’s Disas­ter Relief Team for Florida, which left on Sept. 18 headed for Glades County.

They ar­rived with three semi-trailer loads of food, wa­ter and other sup­plies do­nated in Polk and Floyd coun­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to Polk County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Chief Deputy Jonathan Black­mon, Hardin is a Rome na­tive who worked with RomeCares and Floyd Sher­iff’s of­fi­cials to get the sup­plies to a disas­ter relief zone.

“We orig­i­nally took in the sup­plies for the vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Har­vey in Texas, but when Irma hit closer to home we felt it would be more ben­e­fi­cial to send them to Florida,” Black­mon said.

The team that went to Florida with the sup­plies helped with relief ef­forts in the Moore Haven area as well.

Black­mon said af­ter they were leav­ing Glades County that of­fi­cers who went were in­volved in a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties, from storm cleanup and home re­pair to de­liv­er­ing sup­plies.

“Our prayers are con­tin­ued for them all,” Black­mon said in a Face­book post.

He added that he would be speak­ing out more about the trip on Mon­day af­ter press time.

Those who wish to con­tinue to help with relief ef­forts are en­cour­aged to do­nate to a disas­ter group of their choice.

Find a list with this story on­line at Polk­stan­dard­jour­nal.com.

Con­tributed photo

The Polk County Sher­iff’s Of­fice teamed up with the Floyd County Sher­iff’s Of­fice to de­liver sup­plies to Glades County, Florida.

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