GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- Some of North Central Florida’s first responders are in one of the most devastated parts the Florida Panhandle offering a helping hand after Hurricane Michael.
"Willing to help out and do whatever I can for those who've lost everything,” Deputy Adam Diaz, with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, said.
Deputy Diaz is one of 20 employees of the Alachua County Sheriff's Office who traveled up to Gulf County in the Florida Panhandle that is just one of the places ripped apart by Hurricane Michael.
"The hearts go out to everyone out there who's lost everything, maybe have lost loved ones,” Diaz said.
Law enforcement agencies in the Panhandle are calling out for help as they continue their search efforts for anyone who may need rescuing.
"Very traumatic to see what's happened to the devastation that's within those counties. They're still going through trying to locate people. We're going to go with our prayers, our thoughts, for them to let us know of anything they may need.We’re going to be able to provide it to them and get it to them,” Sheriff Sadie Darnell, said.
There is not a set plan so deputies and dispatchers have to be ready to tackle whatever life throws at them.
"I think it's the most important thing to do. I think sending our dispatchers down along with our deputy sheriff's from all over the agency it just sends a big message to everyone that everyone deserves assistance,” Captain Bella Blizzard said.
Deputy Diaz, Captain Blizzard and the rest of the team will be away from their families for two weeks.
"Just hoping that we can help and give a little more hope to those without hope,” Diaz said.
ASO will be joining Columbia County and Marion County Sheriff's Deputies in the panhandle making sure everyone is kept out of harms way.