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Local Sheriffs Send Relief Supplies to Florida

Filed in NEWS HEADLINES, Police by on October 13, 2017 0 Comments • views: 565


Two tractor trailer trucks filled with relief supplies for Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma have reached their destination. This relief effort was coordinated by Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings and other Massachusetts sheriffs at the request of the Florida Sheriff’s association.

The trucks left Cape Cod over the weekend. Eight Cape Cod police departments (Dennis, Bourne, Brewster, Falmouth Harwich, Orleans, Sandwich, and Wellfleet) collected the items, and Sheriff Cummings joined Plymouth County Sheriff Joe MacDonald and other local officials at a send-off in Plymouth on Monday.



Barnstable County sheriff’s deputy John Gillen, left, holds pet cage in one hand and awaits handoff of another from Dennis Police’s Laurie Miranda, her department’s animal control officer.  Dennis Lt. John Brady is between the two.  What Gillen and three coworkers were able to pick up on Friday from eight Cape police departments (Dennis, along with Bourne, Brewster, Falmouth, Harwich, Orleans, Sandwich, and Wellfleet) was shipped this weekend to the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office – relief supplies for Floridians affected by Hurricane Irma.

Moving here to next leg of journey, Barnstable County Sheriff James Cummings finishes adding his personal contribution (gray plastic bin) to the two tractor trailer loads that left this morning (Tuesday, Oct. 10th) from staging area in Plymouth County.  Sheriffs in the Bay State were responding to an appeal from fellow Sheriffs from the Sunshine State.

Sheriff Cummings is joined at the Plymouth send-off by (left to right): Jim Walsh, executive director of Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association; Cummings; Sean O’Brien, president of Teamsters Local 25; Joe McDonald, Sheriff of Plymouth County; and Michael Bellotti, Sheriff of Norfolk County.  McDonald and Bellotti joined Sheriff Cummings in helping amass the relief supplies and the Teamsters provided the 18-wheelers and the trip’s long-haul drivers.

Organizers of the send-off discuss final logistics.  Another one or two staging areas are doing the same thing for other participating Sheriff’s Offices in Massachusetts.  Left-to-right and as pictured in prior photo: Michael Bellotti, Norfolk County Sheriff; Sean O’Brien, president of Teamsters Local 25;  James Cummings, Barnstable County Sheriff; and Joe McDonald, Plymouth County Sheriff (also the project organizer for Massachusetts Sheriff’s Association).

The trip, meanwhile, starts here, with two fully loaded vehicles pulling out of the Plymouth County Sheriff’s lot.  Next stop: Key West, Florida.


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