BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Roughly two dozen troopers with the Louisiana State Police are back in Bayou Country after spending the past two weeks assisting residents in New Jersey.
“Although we are thankful to be home with our families, our thoughts remain with our friends in New Jersey as they continue Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts,” a post reads on the Louisiana State Police Facebook page. “To the many police officers and first responders we worked with on the Jersey Shore, your dedication to public safety during these difficult times is commendable. To the citizens of Ocean County, thank you for welcoming us into your lives. We realize the road ahead for you is long but working together you WILL recover and be a stronger community because of it. Godspeed.”
The team of 25 consisted of troopers’ stationed across Louisiana. The convoy left Monroe on Sunday, Nov. 4. The deployment was a response to a request from the New Jersey State Police via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) for out-of-state law enforcement support.
“The State of Louisiana certainly understands the importance of emergency support during a time of crisis,” Colonel Mike Edmonson, State Police Superintendent, said. “The New Jersey State Police was one of the first state police agencies which readily responded when the citizens of Louisiana needed assistance following the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.”
Not long after their arrival, they were exposed to a sight not often seen in Louisiana - snow.
"Temperature is in the 30's with a Nor'easter on the way. Not quite what we're used to in Louisiana.”
For the past two weeks, Louisiana troopers have helped countless individuals working to regain normalcy that was stripped away when flood waters overtook the city. Although much of the work was long and grueling, some fun moments were shared. For example, the Jersey shore community asked one trooper to conduct the coin toss at a high school football game.
And of course, no one from Louisiana can ever leave a location without leaving behind a little taste of the south.
“Louisiana Sate Troopers finished their last tour of duty today in New Jersey. However, our work was not done. Before packing for the trip home to their families, the Troopers prepared and cooked a Louisiana gumbo for 200 first responders in Ocean County.”
Welcome back and thank you for your service.