House thanks officers who helped after tornado

By ED HOWELL
Posted 5/13/20

CARBON HILL - Carbon Hill Police Chief Eric House talked Monday about having "an outstanding outpouring of help" after the Easter Sunday tornado, thanking law enforcement who came in the aftermath of the April 12 weather event.

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House thanks officers who helped after tornado

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CARBON HILL - Carbon Hill Police Chief Eric House talked Monday about having "an outstanding outpouring of help" after the Easter Sunday tornado, thanking law enforcement who came in the aftermath of the April 12 weather event.

House spoke during Monday's Carbon Hill City Council meeting, the first since the tornado struck from near the downtown area to up near the school area, destroying or damaging a number of residences. 

"We had people come from Russellville, Brilliant, Jasper, Sumiton. The state troopers were here that night also," as well as Walker County District Attorney's Office and Walker County Sheriff's Office (which sent nearly a dozen units).

He said the city was fortunate the event didn't generate much overtime for the police department.

"We had four guys from Russellville here that night and they were here until daylight," he said. "The troopers sent us four; I think there were five units here the next day just on the outskirts, and three of them were actually in town."

Sumiton and Jasper each sent two officers, including Jasper's assistant chief. Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge, the president of the Alabama Association of Chiefs of Police, called to offer assistance.

All of Carbon Hill's officers showed up to help, House said.

He said he did not have names of those who came that night, but he is sending out letters of appreciation to officers and departments.

"We're very fortunate we only had three injuries and no deaths," House said, noting the amount of damage that was seen.

A total of 72 structured were damaged, most of them insured, he said.