TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - First responders run towards an emergency situation, not away. They are our heroes on the front lines assisting those in need in the communities they serve.
Never is their dedication to service more evident than during a crises like Hurricane Michael.
Tallahassee Police Department Spokesperson, Officer Rachelle Denmark, described her experience as a first responder during Hurricane Michael and says the primary mission and focus was the safety of the community.
She describes how they stayed out assisting people until weather conditions became too dangerous and then it got scary when she was trying to do some last minute assistance.
I had a tree break right next to the car I was in. My police car. Driving down the road trying to get to shelter, a tree snapped in two and landed," said Denmark. "I heard it snap and I heard it crash and it landed right beside the car as I drove past and that's when I knew it was time to get to shelter."
In the wake of the hurricane, Denmark says first responders in our area are still in emergency response mode and working around the clock to assist with clean up, recovery, and keeping those in the community safe.