LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Some officers with the Fraternal Order of Police have plans to help out their fellow first-responders in Moore, Oklahoma who will be busy cleaning up tornado damage for quite some time.
"What's unique about it is, as with Sandy relief, out in Oklahoma with first responders, they can't take care of themselves or their own homes or own property because they're busy taking care of the public,” said Mike Sweeney, FOP President of Bluegrass Lodge 4.
Sweeney said about eight to ten of his officers will head to the Sooner State to help other police officers and firefighters who are forced to put their own lives aside to help tornado victims.
"Obviously many of them have lost their homes, their property, have been devastated by this just as the general public," explained Sweeney.
Several FOP officers went to New York last year to help out with relief efforts following Superstorm Sandy. Sweeney said this year they'll be doing the same in Oklahoma.
"These guys are out there taking care of the thousands of people that were devastated and they need somebody to help them. So, it's our way to help our own," Sweeney said.
Officers will leave for Moore, Oklahoma at the end of May.
The FOP are asking for any monetary or equipment donations that could help the active and retired officers going to Oklahoma. To donate, contact the FOP directly at 859-255-7629.