Mass. police officers head to Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane relief

Mass. police officers head to Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane relief”

These officers are the first of 70 that will be deployed to the island over the next six weeks.

The Oct. 1 article by The Associated Press about Puerto Rico ("Hurricane a reminder of "second-class" status") was deliberately distorted.

"What my family says is 'Estamos Bien - we're okay.' What that means is they're alive".

Ruiz traveled to the island on September 9 to enjoy a cruise with relatives, but after returning to port, she was stuck there because of Hurricane Maria.

She tells family she had to go without much food, and apparently running water was available only every two days.

"It's personal. To us, it's personal". "We're just people trying to help people".

Boston Police Commissioner William B. Evans said he didn't know what kind of lodging or conditions the officers could expect once they arrive on the island, speculating that they might be put up on a military boat. Some 90 percent of Puerto Rico remains without power, forcing many to get by with only candlelight after sunset.

A local group Memphis for Puerto Rico stayed busy Sunday, collecting donations that will be sent to Hurricane Maria victims.

"I think they're going to be assisting them. With this event, we, like everyone in Tallahassee, can be one step closer to helping people in need".

The group collected donations at four different locations throughout Memphis.

Massachusetts State Police will also be shipping 13 cruisers to the island.

"We are using federal grants for the deployment so that there is no impact to Jersey City tax payers, but at the same, time we can continue to be supportive", Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said.

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