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Public Safety News
City of Galveston
News Release
Thursday, September 08, 2011

Galveston Area Police Officers Head to Bastrop Wildfire to Feed First Responders
Officers Volunteer for Special Relief Mission; Team Leaves Tomorrow

Galveston, Texas – Tomorrow, Galveston area police officers will leave on a special mission to feed and relieve first responders working at the Bastrop wildfire area.  Officers from the Galveston and Jamaica Beach Police Departments will accompany the Lighthouse Charity Team to provide liquids, hot meals and other relief for police officers, firefighters, and all first responders battling the rash of wildfires throughout the region.

The group will prepare and serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner for approximately 250 first responders starting this Friday through next Monday.  The Lighthouse Charity Team, of Friendswood, TX, will provide all equipment and volunteer labor to assist with this effort.  All participating police officers have volunteered their personal time to make this relief trip.

“This is an example of the type of leadership members of our organization display on a daily basis,” stated interim Galveston Police Chief Henry Porretto.  “Other law enforcement agencies came to our aid in the aftermath of Ike and our officers are eager to reciprocate by supporting the men and women battling the wildfires,” he added.  

The team is seeking donations to assist with these expenses.  Businesses and individuals interested in making contributions are asked to call Galveston Police Officer Tommy Maffei at 281-734-0931.  Officer Maffei can advise supporters about the proper procedure to make qualified tax-deductible donations.






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