Biloxi firefighters head to Rockport

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Hurricane Harvey is gone, but the damage remains in several cities in Texas. News 25’s Laurene Callander caught up with members of the Biloxi Fire Department who hit the road to Rockport this morning to lend a helping hand to first responders.
Always ready with willing hearts, members of the Biloxi Fire Department hit the road to Rockport to help fellow first responders recover from Hurricane Harvey. Six crew members loaded up two work trailers filled with donated items from the community, everything from water to toiletries to cardboard boxes.
These men and women volunteering their time are meeting with three Keesler firefighters plus members of an Iowa fire department who helped Biloxi recover after Hurricane Katrina.
The mission of this trip is to relieve the Rockport volunteer firefighters who have worked tirelessly the past few weeks rescuing trapped flood victims. So busy, they have not had time to worry about their own homes.
Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney reflects on his own experience post-Katrina and how other first responders lifted his spirits while he worked for over two weeks straight. “All the trees were off of my house and I had an air conditioner and a generator running in my bedroom so I’d have a place to sleep, a decent place to sleep, and that meant a lot to me because I didn’t have time to go home and work on my house and when I did I could live in it and that was amazing to me. So I want to give that back.”
The West End Fire Museum raised over $3,600 through a GoFundMe page. Those funds will help feed the Biloxi relief team for the next week as they help the City of Rockport recover.

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