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Hoosier Guardsmen team with sheriffs

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Hoosier Guardsmen team with sheriffs

By Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Lowry


TERRE HAUTE, IND. – Indiana National Guard Soldiers teamed with the Vigo County Sheriffs Department to take officers where they needed to go during the winter storm Sunday and Monday.

According to the National Weather Service, Terre Haute received more than six inches of snow, and the deputies couldn't get their vehicles through the thick snow and even higher drifts.

So, they called the Indiana National Guard.

"We've been overseas for so long, it's finally good to help our own," said Sgt. 1st Class Wendell McCollough of helping the sheriffs department and his fellow Hoosiers.

Sunday night the Soldiers and deputies received rescue calls.

One was to help a stranded motorist on the U.S. 641 overpass over U.S. 41. By the time the Soldiers and deputies arrived, the motorist had taken his trailered all-terrain vehicle and drove home.

Another call was to transport an elderly couple to a warming shelter. Their home was without power and heat because a tree branch fell on power lines leading to the house.

Patty Riecks, 61, said it meant a lot to her the Indiana National Guard lent a helping hand.

"I'm sick, very old and I'm glad you're there for me," she said.

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