Police organizing drive for Hurricane Harvey rescuers

Police organizing drive for Hurricane Harvey rescuers
Posted at 5:23 PM, Aug 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 19:10:12-04

CINCINNATI -- Imagine rescuing people in Houston and having to put the same wet clothing on day after day.

That's the reality for many first responders, but law enforcement officials in Cincinnati are banding together to try and change that. Cincinnati police, Fraternal Order of Police, Sentinels, Hamilton County and county police chiefs are organizing a drive to get geat for Houston police, including T-shirts, underwear, socks and boots.

First responders in Houston have worked nonstop for more than a week.

"You've got to think they're doing 12, 15, 16-hour days," Capt. Jeff Butler said.

They've been rescuing people trapped in their homes by flood waters and there's very little chance for them to dry their gear when they do get a break.

"Those shoes get ruined, or you're taking them off for six hours and let them dry and put them back on," Butler said.

Many of those rescuing others have even lost their homes and everything they own, according to Butler. That's why an equipment drive is ready to launch for things that go under the uniform.

The care packages will be put together once all the logistics are put into place.

"They'll have food. They'll have shelter. But, just a clean pair of socks can make the difference in the mindset of a day," Butler said.

Police will be meeting Friday afternoon to go over the details.