Mo. officers honored for Joplin tornado efforts
Officers were honored for helping restore order after devastating storm
By PoliceOne Staff
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than 100 members of the Kansas City Police Department were honored Thursday night for their bravery in the days following a deadly tornado last year.
During the award ceremony, each officer was given a certificate of commendation, for spending weeks apart from their own families to help their neighbors 150 miles away, according to Fox4 News.
KCMO officers, who traveled to Joplin to help after the tornado hit, recalled the damage.
“The very first thing we saw was a lot of devastation. It was almost unimaginable,” said traffic enforcement officer George McCall Jr.
“I just couldn’t believe how much damage there had been,” said Captain Mike Wood.
Jim Corwin, the police chief at the time, decided to send more than 100 members of the department to help out.
They set up radio communication, enforced traffic, maintained order and guarded St. John’s hospital during their stay in Joplin.