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.
— Fort Lauderdale PD (@FLPD411) September 10, 2017
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.
Thank you for all you do both of you officers such a beautiful photo stay safe
— Anne Gordon (@AnneGor77871669) September 11, 2017
“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.”
— Fort Lauderdale PD (@FLPD411) September 12, 2017
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.
Thank you for saving lives! Stay safe!
— Warden of Chaos (@FluxWild1y) September 11, 2017