Tuesday 22 May 2018

'We are in this together' - police share heartwarming picture as Hurricane Irma continues to batter Florida

Picture: Fort Lauderdale Police Department Twitter
Picture: Fort Lauderdale Police Department Twitter
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A heartwarming photo from one of the police departments involved in the emergency response to Hurricane Irma has gone viral.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department, which is among those battling the historic hurricane, tweeted a photo of one of its officers and his K-9 partner getting some rest together.

The tweet has been soliciting a major response from citizens thanking the police for their hard working during the devastating storm, which has claimed more than 20 lives.

Meanwhile, the department also shared news of arrest of nine people caught looting during the storm thanks to footage captured b TV crews.

Local TV station WPLG recorded the group entering the Simon’s Sportwear shop on West Sunrise Boulevard.

The group entered through a broken window and made off with goods from the store and also targeted a nearby pawn shop.

“Going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice,” Police Chief Rick Maglione said in a statement posted on Twitter.

“Stay home and look after your loved ones and be thankful they are safe.”

The department posted mug shots of two men charged in other hurricane-related crimes.

“Can’t say we didn’t warn you…28 YOs Ryan Cook & Max Saintvil each face 6 counts of burglary from overnight #HurricaneIrma,” the department tweeted.

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