God provides us time; it’s how we choose to manage our time.
As soon as Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25, 2017 in Port Aransas, Texas we knew
immediately that San Antonio HAPCOA and other organizations needed to step in and assist the Gulf
Coast. We made phone calls right away and communicated with Chief Burroughs, Sherri West (Chief of
Communications) and Corporal Amy Jamison of Port Aransas, Texas Police Department.
Volunteers from Judson ISD Police, VFW Post 4676 located in Universal City, VFW Post 12041 located in
Lytle, Texas, Friends for Fisher House and Nardis teamed up on August 31, 2017. These organizations
filled a 16 foot trailer with cleaning products, personal hygiene items and law enforcement supplies
On September 2, 2017 we departed San Antonio, Texas and arrived into their city and it was
unrecognizable. Sorrow filled our hearts as we saw the devastation that Hurricane Harvey brought to
the Islanders that lost everything (their homes, vehicle, businesses, etc…) including the Port Aransas
Police Department who were displaced due to serge that flooded their headquarters and equipment
(2 fire trucks and I believe 2 units including communications equipment and MDT’s) Several law
enforcement officers were seen at the Command Center and throughout the entire Island working over
12-16 hour shifts.
We never knew that any law enforcement agency would be so happy to see a few boxes of new socks,
dry-fit under shirts, new tactical pants, cell phone battery charges, heavy duty gloves, eye protectors,
breathing mask and balls caps. Thanks to HAPCOA San Antonio for a $500 donation, VFW Post 4676 for
a $2000 donation and Nardis for uniforms. We as a team made this happen.
We departed the Police Department that morning and made our way to serve our Veterans, their
families and the community of Port Aransas, Texas. We went down there to be a blessing to this
community and help them get back on their feet. At that time we realized this will take longer than just
one trip. Our goal is to continue to support their effort to rebuild by going there once or twice a month
to assist in any way we can.
I attached some pictures that were taken that weekend and would like to share with our HAPCOA
professional organization. It was a total team effort and we will continue to rebuild homes and
businesses in Port Aransas, Texas and the Gulf area because we are “Texas Strong!”