Helping Oklahoma


Caddo Parish Sheriff's deputies return home

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 4:50pm

Two Caddo Parish sheriff’s deputies are back home after providing law enforcement relief in tornado-stricken Moore, OK.

Immediately after the tornado hit on Monday, Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator dispatched Lt. Jay Long and Sgt. John May to provide any assistance needed by Oklahoma law enforcement.

The deputies arrived in Moore at 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday. Long and May were assigned to restrict access into the heart of the city. They also shared duties until with an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper, the chief of the Blanchard, OK, Police Department, and a Blanchard police officer.

Long and May said they worked long hours with no relief, encountered national media, constantly changing weather conditions, and residents who are still trying to come to terms with the disaster in their city.

“It was as bad as what you see on TV,” Long said of the devastation. “We were recognized as not being from the area, and people stopped immediately and thanked us for helping. People would give us food and hold water out of their car windows just to say thanks. There was certainly a feeling that we were appreciated by both law enforcement and the citizens who live there.”


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