National Guard here to help in tornado aftermath

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

The big guns were brought in to help with tornado damage patrol in Laurel County.

The Kentucky National Guard has worked several natural disasters, but some soldiers say this one is possibly the worst.

They arrived soon after the tornado hit to a scene that the National Guard never expected to see in Kentucky.

They have one mission: to serve and protect those affected.

"I've been talking to the men, and we all agree that thru all the natural disasters that I've been in the past 12 years, this is bound to the worst one that I've ever seen," said Jesse England, National Guard Staff Sergeant.

It destroyed 64 homes, downed power lines, and uprooted several trees in East Bernstadt.

These soldiers are needed for more than one duty. Blocking roadways to keep looters out and being there for folks where not much is left are just two big jobs that rest on their shoulders.

"The public is great. We couldn't ask for any more respect. They make sure we're fed with food and water. I mean this has been the best area we have ever served under," said Staff Sergeant England.

And they are glad to fill in wherever they can to move East Bernstadt forward.

The National Guard will be set up in East Bernstadt until the job is done and they are released from duty.

Many of the soldiers have never been to this area of Kentucky but still find the aftermath to be devastating.

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