Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mission Alabama: Hackleburg Police

A few weeks ago, we advised you of our attempts to help out first responders that were affected by the tornadoes in the south. I will admit that when we began that communication to you, I was unsure where we would end up or whether it was God's Will for us to go to the area. We were quickly told of specific locations with needs and specific officer names with needs.

When we told you of the needs, you gave and your generosity was unbelievable. You enabled us to go to several areas and you specifically helped us give an entire police department vests, leather gear, uniforms and financial assistance. When we got to Hackleburg, Alabama we knew that this was where we were called to be.

Our team met the Hackleburg Police Chief (middle) and asked him what he and his agency needed. When Chief Hallmark found out we were there for them, he got very emotional. Over 10% of his population had been killed, just a few businesses (tax base) remained and the community that he patrols and loves was literally gone. The needs were tremendous and because of your generosity we were able to help him.

Crisis: To Serve and Protect from Ten-Four Ministries on Vimeo.

The devastation I saw was like nothing I had seen in 18 years of law enforcement. I was at the Bombing Site in Oklahoma City in 1995 and I can tell you that what I saw from this EF5 Tornado was absolutely unbelieveable.

As you can see from this photo (above), any projectile would prove deadly and unfortunately on the day we were there, additional bodies were located.

On Day two, our team met with the head of Homeland Security-Alabama. There is much more work to be done in Hackleburg and we have told the Chief we will do whatever he needs in the future.

Our team gives new uniforms to the Hackleburg Assistant Chief (above).

Chief Hallmark receives a vest from Ten-Four Ministries on Vimeo.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm a Police officer from Enterpise, Al. And I worked here when we were hit by a tornado in 2007 we worked 31 days straight. I said that to say this Chief Hallmark is absolutely correct when he talks about the guilt you feel about being away from your family.

I met Chief Hallmark when I was deployed with the Region 2 response team to Hackleburg. He is truly a Christian man that leads that way. Hackleburg was completely decimated. It is the saddest thing I've seen in the forty three years I've walked this earth. They will need help and support for some time to come so IF you can help them!

Skip Neuwien
K9 handler
Enterprise Police Department
Enterprise Alabama