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Panhandle Sends Assistance to Sandy Victims

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As the effects of Hurricane Sandy continue to devastate the North East and help from the rest of the nation is on the way. Not only is the Central Panhandle Chapter of the American Red Cross continuing to send volunteers, as of Saturday, officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have gone up to help.

Monday, the Central Panhandle chapter of the American Red cross is sent two more to help with the relief effort, bringing the total number up to 14 local volunteers.

"From seeing the amount of destruction Hurricane Sandy has done, I knew that I had the opportunity to get away for a little bit to help out, and so I am gladly going to do whatever I can," says Matt Sheehan, a Red Cross volunteer.

"Very very proud of the job I do, and the fact that I'm helping people that helps," says Malu Armesto, a Red Cross Volunteer.

In addition to the 14 volunteers from the local chapter of the American Red Cross, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is also joining in the effort, sending 27 officers from Florida, 11 of them right here from our region.

"There was an official request from authorities in New Jersey to our Governor here in the state, and it came down to our agency for law enforcement help for specifically the area around Seaside Heights, NJ," says Stan Kirkland, regional spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The FWC officers will help with curfew enforcement, 9-1-1 call response, roadblocks and other duties.

"We're glad to be able to provide that assistance, and we're also thankful that we're funded and that we have the training and we have the people that are capable of filling that role," says Kirkland.

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