Cordova officers reach out to residents after snow
by Jennifer Cohron
Jan 30, 2014 | 3126 views | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova Assistant Police Chief Zak Green slips and slides along First Street in Cordova Tuesday afternoon while trying to help people following Tuesday’s sudden snow. DME - Jennifer Cohron
Cordova Assistant Police Chief Zak Green slips and slides along First Street in Cordova Tuesday afternoon while trying to help people following Tuesday’s sudden snow. DME - Jennifer Cohron
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CORDOVA — Members of the Cordova Police Department were called to go above and beyond the call of duty on Tuesday after fallen snow began to freeze on roadways around the city and in outlying areas.

Assistant Police Chief Zak Green said there were no major accidents in the city limits. However, several motorists did slide off the road in the Barney area, which is outside the department’s jurisdiction.

“The State Trooper division could not get to them because of everything that was going on in Birmingham, so we went out and handled it,” Green said.

Green and officer B.J. Simmons maneuvered two stranded vehicles off the same icy hill and to a point of safety so their drivers could continue their travels. A third vehicle was abandoned by its owner before the officers arrived.

No injuries resulted from these incidents, according to Green.

In the absence of accidents, Cordova officers were freed up to address other needs of residents.

Several caretakers were transported to their elderly family members by Cordova PD.

Green went a step further for one senior citizen who was battling a virus, making a special trip to a local Dollar General to pick up chicken soup and other supplies.

The roads in Cordova were closed at 6 p.m. Tuesday and reopened at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The decision regarding roads fell to Green because Cordova Police Chief Nick Smith was in a Birmingham hospital Tuesday awaiting the birth of his daughter.

Several part-time officers are currently not able to cover shifts because they live in the Birmingham area, and Smith is expected to be off for several weeks.

Green, Simmons and officer Tony Reid will be manning the department for the foreseeable future.

“We are going to make sure that Cordova has 24/7 police coverage,” Green said.