As Hurricane Irma barreled toward the state of Florida, people were worried about just how severe the extent of the damage the massive storm would bring to various parts of the state would be.
Large parts of the state had already been evacuated, with the threats of storm surge, floods, and powerful winds.
Many in areas that hadn’t been included in the initial evacuation orders still held their breath, waiting to see if the storm would take an unexpected turn.
To Serve & Protect
In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, all regular days off and leave for police officers were canceled as a result of the upcoming storm.
They worked tirelessly up to the moment the storm hit to ensure their communities stayed safe.
Early Sunday morning, Fort Lauderdale Police Department shared this heartwarming tweet with the hashtag #WeAreInThisTogether.
The photo shows Officer Kenneth Somma and his K-9 partner, Eddie, catching some much-needed sleep after a twelve-hour shift. Somma is stretched out on a cot with Eddie just below him on the floor. Somma is holding Eddie’s paw in his hand.
We Are In This Together
The photo has seen a huge response since the department posted it. It clearly shows just how strong the bond an officer has with his K-9 partner, and reminds us of the important work these dogs do.
The tweet has been retweeted and liked thousands of times, with people posting their thanks to the officers who have been working to keep things safe.
Irma hit south Florida on Sunday, September 10, making landfall as a Category 4 storm over the Florida Keys and then hitting the west coast of Florida later in the day.
Police and the National Guard continue to carry out search and rescues throughout the state, according to reports.