Touching Photo of Officer and K-9 Partner Holding Hands Highlights Police Efforts During Irma
They had worked a 12-hour shift.
A touching photo of a Florida police officer holding hands with a K-9 officer has warmed hearts amid rescue efforts during Hurricane Irma.
In the photo shared by Fort Lauderdale police, Officer Kenneth Somma can be seen holding the paw of his K-9 partner, Eddie, while resting at a shelter following a 12-hour shift, police said.
Officers with the department have been working the long shifts in order to respond to emergencies and help with cleanup efforts after the Category 4 storm hit Florida Sunday.
The department tweeted out the photo with the caption, “We are in this together.”
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is one of many pitching in during Irma.
Coral Springs police showed authorities helping to transport a woman after she was forced to deliver her baby at home while the storm pummeled The Sunshine State.
The baby’s head was already out when the unidentified woman called 911, according to reports.
“A lot of times when people call 911, it’s not for something happy, and today – I always say 911 dispatchers save lives – today was very pleasurable to help start a life,” fireman Chris Hurst told News Channel 10 of the moment.
Irma has now weakened to a tropical storm, but millions of Floridians remain without power in her wake.
Police and the National Guard continued to carry out search and rescues throughout the state, reports said.
“We have got to make sure people understand it is still dangerous,” Gov. Rick Scott said news interview Monday. “Everybody has got to be patient as we work through this.”
The full-extent of the damage left by the storm is not known yet.
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