WZZM13 - Cops
helping cops, local relief for the Gulf Coast -
By Sarah Sell - 9/7/06
Cops helping cops, local relief for the
Created: 9/7/2006 6:16:27 PM
Updated: 9/7/2006 8:16:17 PM
Undated - It's been 1 year since
Hurricane Katrina hit New
Orleans and there's still a lot
of work to be done to get the
city back to normal.
One local police officer just
returned from doing his part in
Some people don't realize that a
lot of the homes in New Orleans
are still un-livable.
So, these officers took time out
of their summer, to go down and
help a New Orleans police
officer re-build his house.
It's all part of a program
started by officers right here
in West Michigan called "Cops
One of the volunteers is an
Ottawa County Sheriff's Deputy
named Jeff Jones.
He just came back to Michigan
He says the home "they" were
working on, is owned by a Sgt.
with the New Orleans Police
Shortly after Hurricane Katrina,
the officer's home sat in 5-feet
of water for several weeks.
There was extensive damage to
the home and is still unlivable.
The "Cops Helping Cops” program
offered to come down and make
repairs to his home.
The officers replaced walls,
fixed the plumbing and
completely re-did the electrical
system in the house.
Jones says, "We were working in
110 degree heat....it was a
Eric Berger of the New Orleans
Police Dept. says, “Just don't
know what to say. It's amazing
that these people, total
strangers would come here and do
this for me."
The "Cops Helping Cops" program
will continue with many more
trips planned to New Orleans.
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