Florida First Responder And K-9 Partner Share Moment Of Quiet Resolve During Hurricane Irma

The police duo, working 12-hour shifts, were photographed comforting each other.

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Fort Lauderdale Police Department Police Officer Kenneth Somma and his K-9 partner, Eddie, get some rest during Hurricane Irma. Via Fort Lauderdale PD/Twitter
John Virata

Hurricane Irma was one of the largest hurricanes to ever make landfall in the United States, and while authorities implored millions of Floridians to flee, many stayed behind, including first responders who hunkered down to wait out the storm and prepare for the aftermath.

Fort Lauderdale Police Department Police Officer Kenneth Somma stayed behind to be ready for any emergency that he would be called out for, but he wasn’t alone. Officer Somma also had his K-9 partner, Eddie, along with him.

The department snapped a photograph of the partners, hand in paw, getting some sleep right after they arrived at their designated shelter. The photo — with the hash tags #FLPD, #WeAreInThisTogether, and #HurricaneIrma — went viral on Twitter.

“This photo was taken shortly after Officer Somma and his K-9 Partner were called to their assigned place of shelter during the highest winds of Hurricane Irma,” a department spokesperson told The Dodo. “All of our officers and essential staff are working Alpha/Bravo shifts (12 hour shifts) for emergency response and clean up efforts.”

These officers have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help their fellow citizens. It really shows in this photograph the love and compassion the two have for each other in challenging times.

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