|Updated: 9/16/2013 10:09 am
||Published: 9/15/2013 5:32 pm
The Rogers County Sheriff's office showed up for the first-ever Operation Backup project on Sunday afternoon. The new volunteer program aims to help lend a hand to fellow officers when they are in need of assistance.
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton told FOX23 that there was a large turnout of the first service project and that the volunteers donated their time to help out.
"These are all guys who are working on their day off," said Walton, "It's all off the clock but we are really blessed to have this type of brother and sisterhood."
Dozens of volunteers showed up to help remove tree limbs and debris from the home of Sgt. Tandy Reeders with the Rogers County Sheriff's Department. Reeders told FOX23 that he was taken by surprise when his co-workers showed up to help.
"I was in total shock and I still can't believe my eyes with what they are doing for me," said Reeders.
Walton said that they felt compelled to step up and help and use this as an opportunity to get the Backup program off the ground.
"There have been some health issues that he has had to deal with, he is still able to work and help the community but we thought we could help with the cleanup,' said Walton.
Walton told FOX23 that there are already plans in place to complete a second service project.