Soldiers from the Tennessee National Guard’s 253rd Military Police Company assisted local authorities across storm stricken areas of Lincoln County, Tenn., after a powerful tornado devastated the region on the evening of April 28. Local responders requested support from the Guard through the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency with Soldiers on site by 4 a.m. on April 29.
“We are assisting in search and recovery efforts by conducting door to door checks of residents in the damaged area. Our role is to provide local responders with additional manpower to aid victims of this tragedy,” said the Tennessee Guard’s Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the mission, Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Graves. “We will be here for as long as we’re needed.”
“One of the missions of the Tennessee Military Department is our domestic obligation of saving lives and mitigating the losses to the citizens of our state during events such as the Lincoln County tornado,” said Maj. Gen Max Haston, Tennessee Adjutant General.
Coffee County’s Emergency Management Director Allen Lendley is also helping with cleanup efforts in Lincoln County.