Brothers in Arms

Published 9:46 am Monday, November 7, 2016

JACKSON – Those working in law enforcement have always enjoyed a common bond of brotherhood.

When one officer or department feels pain, they all experience the same hurt and dismay.

Numerous counties in eastern North Carolina suffered major damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Northampton was among those that escaped Matthew’s fury. However, nearby Edgecombe County was not as fortunate. The Tar River rose to near record heights; homes and businesses were damaged. Many lives there changed forever.

Recently, the Northampton Sheriff’s Office reached out to their law enforcement brothers and sisters in Edgecombe County. They delivered items to the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office for Hurricane Matthew relief to families in need.

The Northampton Sheriff’s Office collected a total of $225 in cash and numerous amounts of basic necessities. These items included personal hygiene, clothing of all types, a wide assortment of food, bedding material, household cleaning supplies, toys for children, numerous bottles of water, an assortment of shoes, and numerous household items. All these items were a result of an effort by the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office conducting a Hurricane Relief drive for donations from internal personnel and citizens within the county to deliver aid to hurricane victims.

“The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office is committed to assisting those adversely affected by Hurricane Matthew,” said Sheriff Jack Smith. “Many of those affected were the elderly and children. We will do all we can to assist our fellow citizens and any in need.”