“We couldn’t think of a better cause”

Arizona mobilize to help Ukrainians on the front line as they continue to fight against Russiaand law enforcement across the state gathered protective gear to send their military there.

We are one of the first states to send aid, and the Department of Emergencies and Military Affairs says this is actually the first time it has collected aid in this capacity to send it to another country.

Kilos of supplies and equipment, including hundreds of body armor, helmets, tactical gear, shields and more, are all on their way to Ukraine.

“It is being airlifted to Poland and will arrive in the next few days. Then from Poland it will be trucked across the Polish-Ukrainian border for distribution to the Ukrainian people,” explained Gene Wikle, Senior Deputy Director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management.

This was all made possible by the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. He messaged law enforcement asking for the gear and gear.

Eleven counties, state and tribal law enforcement agencies, including the Phoenix Police, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and many others, responded to the call.

“It was equipment that was no longer in use and was still very effective equipment that could be used, and we couldn’t think of a better cause to ship and share this to save lives in Ukraine, said Wickle. “One thing Arizona can be proud of is trying to do everything as a community partner, helping each other and it’s an opportunity to help people halfway around the world.”

Agencies worked quickly to gather these supplies and they shipped everything on Saturday April 2 and should be in Ukraine within a few days.

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