First Responders Continue to Provide Support to Devastated Areas
Harrisburg – Illinois State Police (ISP) officials announced that ISP resources will remain in place as a result of the EF 4 tornado that ravished the Saline County community of Harrisburg, on February 29.
ISP Districts 19, 12, 13, and 22, responded to assist the Harrisburg community and provided law enforcement, and search and rescue support with other local and county first responders.
In addition to Harrisburg, the Gallatin County community of Ridgway was also damaged by strong tornadoes and ISP has continued to maintain a presence in Ridgway.
“The response by the ISP has been incredible,” stated Interim ISP District 19 Commander Lieutenant Ken Ryder. “From the very beginning of this disaster, I received telephone calls from other ISP Districts offering assistance and manpower.
Fortunately, we work for an agency of professionals who recognize that our jobs are to serve the public and help them in times of crisis,” Ryder added.
ISP District 19 Commander Lieutenant Ken Ryder also pointed to the quick response of the ISP Troopers who live in the affected areas. “Many of our own Troopers reside in Saline and Gallatin County, but that didn’t stop them from being the first ones to come to work and help their fellow community members,” Ryder said.
Ryder also recognized the many local and state agencies that have been assisting in the tornado damaged areas, as well as, the hundreds of volunteers that have helped with the clean-up efforts.
The State’s Emergency Operations Center remains activated and Illinois State Police
and other first responders continue to monitor conditions and provide resources.