September 06, 2017: SHERIFF'S SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE
Following the unprecedented and devastating impact from Hurricane Harvey on the State of Texas and the Gulf Coast, the Wisconsin Badger State Sheriffs’ Association (BSSA) has implemented the Sheriffs Adopting Sheriffs program to help Sheriffs employees in the State of Texas. The Green County Sheriff's Office is a member agency of the BSSA.
The Sheriffs Adopting Sheriffs relief project is designed to help Sheriffs' employees and their families who have been personally impacted by a natural or manmade disaster. The relief project was recently authorized by BSSA President, Sheriff Kim Gaffney, of Marquette County. When these types of disasters occur, said Sheriff Gaffney, too often lost in the mix of the disaster is the fact that Sheriffs' emergency responders themselves suffer a major personal and family loss while still being expected to go to work, do their jobs, and continue to rescue and help others in need.
The BSSA Sheriffs Adopting Sheriffs program is designed to bring a little relief to those Sheriffs' employees who leave their families during times of major emergencies and go to work helping others.
In 2012, the BSSA activated this program following Hurricane Sandy and helped four Sheriffs' employees at the Union County Sheriff’s Office in the State of New Jersey. According to BSSA Executive Director, Dean C. Meyer, the Sheriffs Adopting Sheriffs program primarily solicits specific donations from Sheriffs' personnel and their families. That is being done again this year, but because the need following Hurricane Harvey is so great in Texas, this year’s program efforts are being expanded to give the citizens, businesses, and other organizations the opportunity to participate and help out.
During a recent phone discussion between Meyer and Steve Westbrook, Executive Director of the Texas State Sheriffs Association, Westbrook said the devastation reported from at least 18 Counties is beyond description. At the time of that phone conversation, Westbrook said the estimated home loss in the State of Texas alone had exceeded 80,000.
Because of the magnitude of Hurricane Harvey, said Meyer, the BSSA is reaching out to the citizens, business and civic organizations in Wisconsin to encourage participation. There are nearly 5.8 million people living in our great State, said Meyer. Think what could be raised if every adult could walk into their County Sheriff’s Office and donate just $5. Think what could be raised if every business in the State sent a check for just $25 to their County Sheriff. Think what could be raised if every type of civic organization in the State made a $50 contribution to their County Sheriffs – Sheriffs Adopting Sheriffs program.
The Sheriffs Adopting Sheriffs program will run in each County until October 4th.
Anyone seeking additional information or able to make a contribution is encouraged to contact the Green County Sheriff's Office, PO Box 473, Monroe, WI 53566, or directly to the BSSA, PO Box 394, Bruce, WI 54819. Please note on the memo line of checks that the monies are to be directed to the SAS Relief Fund.
Authorized by: Sheriff Mark A. Rohloff