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FCSO comes to the aid of rural tornado victims

Posted: April 30, 2014 - 6:14pm

The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office made it a goal on Wednesday to respond to the needs of people in places that haven’t had as much attention from the hundreds of volunteers that have been working to start the recovery process.

In the Harrell Loop Road area, at the south end of Lake Conway, were people who have lost their homes and have been “blocked off from town,” Chief Deputy Matt Rice said. They were among dozens in the rural neighborhoods and isolated homes in the path of Sunday’s tornado in the unincorporated areas between the towns of Mayflower and Vilonia, where the volunteer efforts haven’t been as quick to respond.

“There are so many people out there in the situation that, even though we’ve got all these places where they could go get food and supplies and stuff, their cars are strewn about all over the place and torn up and they’re depending on somebody to get to them,” Rice said. “A lot of people are focusing right on Mayflower, right on Vilonia, and we’ve got a lot of people in between that need help too.”

In response, FCSO put out a social media call asking for food and supplies and a way to transport them.

The response included a U-Haul truck and two truckloads of donated goods delivered to the unincorporated disaster areas on Wednesday. On top of that, Sheriff Andy Shock said, deputies made about 40 trips delivering as much as they could get in their patrol cars.

Anyone else “that needs anything as far as supplies, or if they need help in certain areas, they can contact us,” Rice said. 

Shock said that he’s been having to tell his deputies that have been on the clock around the clock to go home and rest. 

“I’m literally having to say, ‘You go home and get some rest, because this is not going to be a week-long process,’” he said. “I keep having to remind them that this is going to be going on for a long, long time, and they don’t need to burn out.

“All I can say right now about what I’ve seen today is that I absolutely could not be any prouder of our employees with the sheriff’s office.”

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reader 05/01/14 - 08:50 am
So Very True

Thanks FCSO for focusing on these in need.

onlymyopinion 05/01/14 - 12:07 pm

Kudos to the SO, but is this a politically motivated article? What about the Arkansas State Parks that came to our house and helped, or the folks from Game and Fish, or we even had cops from Cabot police come to our house with State Troopers offering assistance, getting their nice uniforms dirty and then calling the Red Cross to bring us stuff. How about instead of focusing on ANDY we look at the large amount of officers and volunteers from around the state that are here because THEY WANT TO not because they were told to. This has been a tremendous outpour of people here in mayflower helping us. I have seen every agency from the State Police to an officer from Judsonia police department here. I have talked to sweet ladies from as far away as Tulsa Oklahoma that brought us a heater Tuesday night when no one else could. So I commend the sheriffs department for their work, and long hours but lets not make this about one agency or group of people, it needs to be about a state of people working together, and not putting their pics on FB saying "Look at me, I am the sheriff handing out water". KUDOS to the MEN, WOMEN, and CHILDREN of ARKANSAS and surrounding states that are here helping. ALSO to both Verizon and ATT, those people really brought their A-Game and ENTERGY, who said it would be next week before power and now maybe as early as tomorrow.

Baylor 05/01/14 - 11:02 pm
Politically Motivated

At least ANDY isn't going door to door asking storm ravaged victims to allow him to put a campaign sign in their yard like his opponent. Shane on you Joe Taylor. You are an embarrassment to the entire Conway Police Department.

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