Lexington police officers helping out after Oklahoma tornado

MOORE, Ok. (WKYT) - They've set aside their badges and uniforms for chainsaws and work boots. This week, a handful of Kentucky police officers are working in Moore, Oklahoma.

They're helping officers in Moore who haven't been able to take care of their personal needs because they've been busy protecting and serving in the aftermath of the devastating tornado.

About a dozen officers from Lexington volunteered their time. Patrol officer Jerry McIntyre says he is finding lots of joy this week in the hard work.

"Just the joy of knowing we are helping somebody," says Officer McIntyre. "We can say we went out there and we helped out."

The officers knew that Moore police officers wouldn't ask anyone for help, but they decided to volunteer their services anyway.

"(The officers) have been working 16, 18, 20 hours a day and haven't been able to take care of their own property," says Sergeant Jonathan Bastain. "In fact, the officer's house we were just at, he had worked 169 hours the last two weeks."

Officers spent just a few minutes at some house piling up debris. In other places, the job took half a day. Some officers brought their families with them. Others hope they send a message to pay it forward. The group will be in Oklahoma until Wednesday. When it is all said and done, they will have helped nearly 20 members of the 100 man force.

The Fraternal Order of Police spent nearly two weeks planning for the trip. Most of their expenses were paid for through donations.

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