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Joplin officials give back and bring experience as they assist Baxter Springs

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 Joplin officials give back and bring experience as they assist in Baxter Springs, KS.
Immediately following Sunday's storm, the Joplin Police Department sent 22 responders to assist Baxter Springs.  They currently have at least 6 officers there at all times, rotating 12 hour shifts.
 The Joplin Fire Department and officials from Jasper and Newton counties also responded, bringing to the table some of what they learned from May 22nd.
"When they called for us to come help Baxter Springs out, there wasn't an officer that didn't jump on it to help them, to pay it back," said Corporal Dan Haskins, Joplin Police Department.
Officials say they are trying to help in any way possible.
"We help keep streets flowing, people getting to where they need to get to, and answer their questions to the best of our ability," Haskins said.
Cherokee County officials say Joplin is just one of hundreds of outside help that are assisting Baxter Spring.
"The needs are so vast and varied that having additional trained responders to help with those different scenarios has really been helpful," said Sheriff David Groves, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.
"To have Joplin here to help us, plus all the other places is really, it's a great feeling honestly, it really is," said Ashley LeRoy, Baxter Springs resident.
LeRoy says receiving help from Joplin has brought her some peace.
"Honestly, I think it is a great comfort to know they are people who have experienced this kind of thing," she said.
"That has been a service provided by the citizens of Joplin to our residents that really unless you've gone through a devastation like this, nobody else can provide that same level of response," Groves said.
Sheriff Groves plans to continue to collaborate with Joplin, Jasper and Newton counties for support.
"A lot of people don't even know where to start and so when they have somebody show up in their yard that's been through this, that knows where to start and how to navigate through some of the processes and help them explain how things are going to work in the days and months to come, that's a huge help," he said.
If you would like to volunteer, you are asked to first go to the former Burgraff Tire building at 2402 S. Military Avenue.
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