Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Governor thanks KC-area public safety workers and volunteers for work in Joplin

Governor Jay Nixon stopped by Kansas City today to thank the public safety agencies, faith-based groups and other volunteers who have assisted in the efforts to help Joplin, Mo., recover from its horrible May 22 tornado. Dozens of our officers, Kansas City firefighters, police, fire and emergency medical workers from metro-area agencies and search-and-rescue canine teams were on hand. A few of our officers who went are pictured above.

As Governor Nixon said, "The tornado that hit Joplin had barely left when Kansas City's first responders were on the road."

Kansas City Police joined more than 400 other public safety organizations in this effort.

Governor Nixon said, "They ran toward danger, not away from it."

We realize KCPD's work in Joplin is just a small part of the recovery effort there, and we are humbled by the 29,000 volunteers who have served in that community so far. That's a truly astounding number of people who care about their neighbors, no matter how near or far they may be.

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