West Boylston – Sheriff Evangelidis responded to Southbridge Wednesday evening following the tornado. Evangelidis along with Civil Process Chief Deputy Sheriff Dave Tuttle, Reserve Deputy Sheriff Association President Paul Zekos and a group of Reserve Deputy Sheriffs assisted Chief Daniel Charette and the Southbridge Police Department with auto and pedestrian traffic control.
As the storm approached on Wednesday Sheriff Evangelidis sent out an email to Worcester County officials letting them know that the Sheriff’s Department was ready to respond as needed.
On Thursday the Sheriff spoke with Sturbridge Police Chief Thomas Ford who expressed a need for additional vehicles for traffic control. Evangelidis immediately provided six vehicles for the Police Department to use at their discretion. Deputy Sheriff’s from the Civil Process Office also assisted in Sturbridge at the end of last week.
Evangelidis has also offered inmate work crews to help with the post storm clean-up and is awaiting a formal request. The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office currently has four crews working in other areas of Worcester County but they can be redirected as soon as tomorrow to help in the areas the tornado affected. Evangelidis said “The Worcester County Sheriff’s office and the inmate work crews are available to help in any way possible; there is no higher priority at this time than assisting the communities in need.