Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Massachusetts Police to Aid in Puerto Rico Recovery

Dozens Of Boston Police Deploy To Puerto Rico Florida Hospital collects donations for Puerto Rico relief efforts
Jo Caldwell | 09 October, 2017, 00:36

"We're all a family in Puerto Rico", Curbelo added.

Two dozen MA police officers boarded a plane to Puerto Rico Saturday evening, leaving the mainland to provide much-needed aid more than two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. "Who knows if they're going to be able to shower or whatnot, but a lot of our officers have family in Puerto Rico".

Others include the University of Central Florida, Valencia College and Seminole State College in the Orlando area.

As of Friday, about 90 percent of Puerto Rico is still without power, while the death toll has climbed to 36 since Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20.

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"Many of these officers have family, friends and loved ones on the island, making this mission not only an important professional response, but a deeply personal one as they bring their skills, empathy and compassion to those still left suffering in the wake of a devastating hurricane season", the Boston Police Department said.

PRSA President Odalyz Guzman explained the organization's choice to go forward with donating to the Hispanic Federation's UNIDOS.

Puerto Rico officials continue to work closely with the Defense Department, the and the Federal Emergency Management Agency and with state-to-state partners through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, he noted. "At the end of the day, we're all human beings and it's our job to help".

"We are just hoping they come back safe and sound", the commissioner said. "We need to do something about it", she said. For more information visit their Facebook event page HERE.

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