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Southeast Missouri emergency teams assisting Joplin victims

Sunday, June 5, 2011

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Christa Tucker works with her dog, Taz, to sift through the debris in Joplin while the Scott County Emergency Management Association's Search and Rescue Team was in the tornado devastated area. Looking on is Claire Stadt, another member of the team.
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SIKESTON -- As the recovery efforts continue in Joplin following an EF5 tornado that hit May 22, those in Southeast Missouri are doing what they can to assist.

On Saturday, four deputies from the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Department were deployed to assist with emergency law enforcement operations. They are expected to return this coming weekend.

"As soon as the tornado hit, all of my deputies volunteered to go and help out," said Sheriff Tommy Greenwell. He explained that the deputies are being sent due to a request from the Missouri Sheriff's Association, and that the deployments are being coordinated through the Jasper County Sheriff's Department, State Emergency Management Association and Missouri Sheriff's Association.

"While there, they'll be doing everything from regular patrol duties to manning roadblocks and working traffic -- just general law enforcement duties. They'll be doing whatever they're assigned," said Greenwell.

The Sheriff called his officers "a good group of guys that are very community and civic oriented."

Not only that, Greenwell knows how helpful those backup officers can be in the case of a disaster. In 2006, officers came to Pemiscot County to help with the aftermath of a tornado. Also during the ice storm, assistance was provided through the Missouri Sheriff's Association.

"We're here to help in any way we can, especially in a disaster," said Greenwell.

Last weekend, a search and rescue team including five handlers from Scott County and two teams from Illinois were in the Joplin area as part of the rescue effort.

"That's what we do," said Christa Tucker of the Scott County Crew. "We'll respond anywhere there are missing people."

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