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02/08/08-Longview

Alert Cadets Head To Tennessee

        Some east Texas rescue specialists are on their way to tornado ravaged Tennessee and Arkansas.   Specially trained in search and rescue, 26 young cadets from the ALERT academy in Big Sandy left this morning for Hartsville, Tennessee. And another 12 will leave tomorrow for Ash Flat, Arkansas, which was also hit with a tornado. The cadets say their priority is to help those who are not physically able to clean up or to help themselves.

   "There are many needs that come about in a disaster like this but our objective is to go in help the people who in most cases won't be able to help themselves maybe it's the elderly maybe it's the homebound" said ALERT academy commanding officer, colonel John Tanner.

  "I'm actually in a way its hard , people have lost a lot but yet at the same time this is what we're training for" said ALERT academy cadet, sergeant major Cliff Patrick.

     ALERT cadets will help with the clean-up efforts for the next two weeks before they are relieved by another detachment. Bob Hallmark reporting/bhallmark@kltv.com  

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