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Rank-and-File Cops Contribute to Haiti Relief

While their gift may be a drop in the flood of contributions flowing into Haiti from around the world, the money collected by the VIPD and donated to the American Red Cross Friday came from the pockets of ordinary officers and staff who simply said they care.

On behalf of those who donated, St. Thomas/St. John Chief Rodney Querrard and Commissioner Novelle Francis handed Red Cross board chairperson Juliette Millin a check for $4,435 for Haiti relief efforts at a short ceremony at VIPD headquarters on St. Thomas.

“They way I look at it, it was today for them, but it might be tomorrow for us,” Querrard said of the unfolding tragedy in Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake that is estimated to have killed more than 200,000 people.

“It was a real good cause,” he said.

Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said the collection efforts started several days after the quake as the devastation became clear, when an officer on St. Croix called her to ask “What’s being done?” within the VIPD.

With approval from Francis, and help from Ann Frazier and Lilly Rodriguez from his staff, donations started to trickle in, contributing to the overall efforts by the administration of Gov. John deJongh Jr. to encourage government workers to chip in for Haiti.

Line officers and staff dug in to give an almost equal split from both districts to come up with $4,435.

“While it’s a drop in the bucket,” Francis said, “it can still be seen as a humanitarian effort.”

Francis and Querrard said the earthquake made them think of hurricanes Hugo and Marilyn on St. Croix and St. Thomas, reminding them of how vulnerable Virgin Islanders are.

Grateful, Millin said the officers gave from their heart, adding that the best way officers and residents can show respect for the recent disaster is to “be prepared.”

“Consider being a Red Cross volunteer,” she said, “so we can be prepared in the event of a catastrophe here.”

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