Hinsdale Middle School Students Assist ISP Trooper’s Efforts
Springfield, IL – A District 15 Illinois State Police (ISP) Trooper, his wife and friends have returned from a service mission providing supplies and goodwill to the victims of the deadly tornado that touched down in Oklahoma on the afternoon of May 20, 2013.
Moore, Oklahoma, was in the direct path of the tornado where dozens fatalities were reported, including children. Moore First Responders and citizens remained on the frontlines at the expense of their own safety and the safety of their families, and touched the hearts of Hinsdale Middle School students and ISP Troopers.
“When we saw the devastation of Moore, my wife and friend said we should answer the call and show our support,” said ISP Trooper Adam Miklaszewski, an Illinois State Trooper assigned to the Illinois Tollway. “I asked my supervisor for an extra day off and was granted. From there the mission was set to bring a van full of goods and support to the families of Moore.”
After requesting donations from fellow workers and friends via email, Nick Keseric, a parent of an 8th grade student at Hinsdale Middle School, contacted Principal Ruben Pena and requested his participation be considered a service project for the school. Principal Pena overwhelmingly accepted and began outreach to the families within the district. The response was phenomenal.
“We were overwhelmed when we arrived at the school. The cafeteria was full of supplies including baby food, diapers, water, canned goods, clothing – all of the necessary and vital items that small children and families were in need of,” said Trooper Miklaszewski.
Miklaszewski originally planned to transport the donated items with a van, but needed trailers to transport the goods. “Our original thought of a van didn’t work, but with the community’s help, we were able to obtain two trailers that we loaded with supplies,” he added.
ISP Captain Joe Perez applauded Trooper Miklaszewski’s selflessness and expressed his thoughts about the mission. “These actions embody the compassion and true ideals the troopers uphold in their oath: Integrity, Service, and Pride. I am proud to extend our commitment to the families of Moore, Oklahoma,” he stressed.
Trooper Miklasewski, along with his wife and friends worked through the Memorial Holiday weekend delivering supplies and assisting with the disaster clean up.
Trooper Miklaszewski and friends unloading relief supplies for Moore, Oklahoma victims.