Local Law Enforcement Helping Their Own in Mississippi

By: Althea Paul
By: Althea Paul

September 7, 2005

Police around our area are helping out law enforcement officials effected by Hurricane Katrina. Law enforcement officials are trying to make sure that other policemen in Mississippi have some of the basic items that they need in order to make it through this disaster.

"This goes back to the flood of '95," said Madison County Sheriff, E.J. Weaver. "All these people from outside agencies came to Madison County to help us out."

It all started as a joint effort between the Madison County Sheriff's office and the Bedford County Sheriff's Office. The goal was to collect supplies for law enforcement personnel in Mississippi effected by Hurricane Katrina.

"Seventy percent of the deputies have lost their house and pretty much they're just living out of their car right now," said Sheriff Weaver.

Residents, businesses, and those at the Sheriff's Office stepped up, donating everything from water, to food, to personal items.

"We thought maybe we would get 2 palate loads of food and water. We've got 6 total and it's continuing to come in," said Sheriff Weaver.

Some not only thought about the officers, but their K-9 dogs as well.

"The officers that have these K-9s, they can't do their job unless they also have food and water, so we wanted to make sure we could get down there items they needed," said resident Debbie Sisk.

The effort grew to include the Orange County Sheriff's Office, who also wanted to reach out to others in law enforcement.

"I think that whatever we can do to help," said Orange County Sheriff, C.G. Feldman. "I'm sure they would do the same for us, and we're just tickled to death that we can help."

So as authorities load up the items, they're thankful for the chance to help out their own.

"There is a brother hood of the badge that everyone shares, and every time you can help out another police officer, it makes you feel really good," said Madison County sergeant, Jeff Sadler.

The truck load of items was taken Wednesday, September 6, and will be added to other items collected by Bedford County. It should reach Mississippi by the beginning of next week. The sheriffs are also planning on more collections within the next few weeks.

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