One Year Later: Thanks to our Harvey Heroes from Indiana

After our area got slammed and drenched by Harvey, Officer L.J. “Lenny” Reed along with another officer with the Evansville Police Department began a relief drive that snowballed into something huge. Lenny, along with 5 other EPD officers and a firefighter from the Evansville Fire Department arrived at Cypress Creek EMS on September 1, 2017. The next day, Semis and box trucks full of supplies began showing up in our parking lot. The items, most of them new, were donated by officers, firefighters and the citizens of Evansville and the Tri-State area. Here’s Officer Lenny Reed.

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A small army of volunteers unloaded and sorted supplies to get everything ready for distribution. Officer Reed the group from Indiana came to be known as Task Force Hoosier and they wanted to make sure first responders who got flooded were taken care of. About ten years before Harvey, Officer Reed was introduced to Cypress Creek EMS as a student in our Tactical Medic Course which draws professionals from all over the world. He is now a certified instructor in our program and comes to Houston twice a year to teach.

More and more trucks came and it soon became clear that it all was NOT going to fit under our covered parking area behind the CCEMS Education Center and Administration Building. The fine folks at Tomball Jet Center stepped up and said we could use half of their huge hangar at Hooks Airport. They moved some planes around and we started moving in.

Shortly after the move began, a plane from Lake Charles, Louisiana taxiied up the the hangar and dropped off some donations. Several owners of aircraft at Hooks volunteered to air lift supplies to areas still isolated by flood waters.  Along the way, other folks showed up at the relief center with supplies for first responders and a steady flow first responders and their families showed up to shop for the supplies they needed.

The First Responder Relief center was open through September 30, 2017. We were able to help 980 families from more than 40 agencies including the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Coastal EMS, DPS, the Texas Rangers, Klein Fire Department, Pearland Fire Department, Cypress Creek EMS, Cypress Creek Fire Department, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, Houston Police Department, Waller County Sheriff’s Office, Kountze Police Department, Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office, Houston Fire Department, Beaumont PD, Conroe PD, West University PD, Rockport PD, Rockport Fire Department, Aransas Pass PD, Aransas Pass Fire Department, Aransas County Sheriff’s Office, Angleton Fire Department, Port Arthur Police and Fire, University of Texas Police and the Alabama Coushatta Police Department, as well as emergency room personnel at Houston Northwest Medical Center, Memorial City, and Saint Luke’s.

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We are eternally grateful to all the members of Task Force Hoosier as well as all the volunteers from Cypress Creek EMS, Koronis Revenue Solution, and off-duty deputies from District 1 of Harris County Sheriff’s Office who pitched in to move and organize the donations into something that was similar to a department store. And a BIG thank you to H-E-B which provided shopping carts and helped feed our relief center volunteers. The members of Task Force Hoosier also helped a 99-year old veteran clean out his flooded home. They returned for his 100th Birthday Celebration at Cypress Creek EMS in November 2017. Here’s a list of the members of Task Force Hoosier.