HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — There was overwhelming support Saturday for the victims of Wednesday’s tornado in Westmoreland County.
Hundreds of volunteers pitched in to clean up the millions of dollars in of devastation. Those volunteers came from near and far, including some of Pittsburgh’s finest.
Piles of rubble, large trees toppled; the remains of Wednesday’s tornado are virtually everywhere in parts of Hempfield Township.
“I was amazed at the amount of damage and devastation done by the storm,” said Pittsburgh Fire Bureau Chief Darryl Jones.
Days after the severe weather, there’s still a lot to do as damage estimates continue to pour in.
“We were almost overrun with the amount of volunteers,” said Dan Stevens, of Westmoreland County Public Safety. “We were anticipating between 150 to 200, we got over 300 volunteers this morning in Hempfield Township.”
The volunteers were also out in full force in Sewickley Township.
“When you teach in this community, you’re part of this community, and these people are part of our family and they need help right now,” said Doug Kasic, a teacher in the Yough School District.
Dozens of Pittsburgh police, firefighters and public service workers also answered the call.
“We’re ready to tackle it. We’re ready to do it,” said Joe King, of the Pittsburgh Firefighters Union.
“We felt we had to, first you count your blessings then you do what you can to bless others,” said Melanie Marasco, another volunteer.
Many of those volunteers pledged to continue helping until they are no longer needed.