As I sit in my truck at 2:30 a.m. I don’t know what to think of the horrific sights I am seeing. I started working yesterday morning around 6:30 a.m. before I even left the house. Returning calls to my friends who are police officers in Port Aransas.
By noon, thanks to the huge hearts of people in our community like John Hughes, Robert Fuselier, Pat Schuchart and the guys at Cam Safety, we had generators, fuel, a shower trailer and a toilet trailer plus fuel trailers and many more items they were in desperate need of.
You don’t know the look of gratitude until you have seen it on the faces of Police Officers, Sheriff’s Deputies, Firefighters and EMTs who are shaking your hand and hugging each other because they are so happy that they can bathe for the first time in 4 days and use a toilet with water in it.
Atascosa can be proud of the people we have in our midst, who are small business owners, and rush to help when help is needed. Today, Kendall Schorsch immediately upon arriving with JPD, met with Port A officials to find out what resources we could bring to bear on the daunting task of making this city safe again. The prevelant attitude? We do it for them because we know they would do it for us.
And I am proud of our officers who tonight are sleeping in their trucks after working for 18 hours. Our crew, and those from ACSO immediately stepped up to help their brothers and sisters here at the coast. Even though the next few nights for them will consist of eating cold food and patrolling for extended hours and sleeping whenever they can, wherever they can, they didn’t hesitate to jump into the fray.
This is a city that has been devastated. No power, no water, no sewer. That wont change for weeks at best. Many buildings are leveled, many others unsafe to occupy.
Yet despite all of this, tonight there is no place we would rather be. While we joined officers from around Texas here, other colleagues have rushed to Rockport, Houston, Katy and Galveston, to do the very same thing we are doing in Port Aransas. I am proud of this “fraternity”. Being with them makes me a better man.
Jourdanton and Atascosa County can hold their heads high tonight knowing that THEIR peace officers are standing shoulder to shoulder with the best in Texas this week.
Harvey broke a lot of things as it visited our state but our spirit wasn’t one of them.
Let’s get to work!