Dozens Of Boston Police Deploy To Puerto Rico

Passengers await news on the status of a flight from Houston to San Juan in Bush Intercontinental Airport on Thursday

The first rotation of officers left from Logan Airport Saturday to help with hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.

"What my family says is 'Estamos Bien - we're okay.' What that means is they're alive".

As of Friday, about 90 percent of Puerto Rico is still without power, while the death toll has climbed to 36 since Hurricane Maria made landfall on September 20.

The islands were devastated by Hurricanes Maria and Irma with countless homes destroyed, the power grid leveled and millions struggling to obtain food and water.

Assured Guaranty, along with a second insurer MBIA Inc, filed their lawsuit against the island's government and a federally appointed financial oversight board on May 3, a day after Puerto Rico announced a historic restructuring of its public debt.

"Just want to help out as much as we can".




The troopers from Troop "B" Headquarters in Totowa and Troop "C" Headquarters in Hamilton Township, Mercer County will meet with the New Jersey State Police advance team, which arrived a week earlier to coordinate recovery efforts with local, state, and federal authorities.

The group is selling merchandise like tanks, t-shirts, coffee mugs among other items on their website to raise money with the proceeds going to help rebuild Puerto Rico. "With this event, we, like everyone in Tallahassee, can be one step closer to helping people in need".

The officers will deploy for two weeks before returning and being replaced by a next group of 10 officers. "I don't know what the traffic conditions are, I don't know about the building conditions. but They're all there to lend a hand", he said.

Massachusetts State Police will also be shipping 13 cruisers to the island.

"We are just hoping they come back safe and sound", the commissioner said.

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