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Local Officer Overwhelmed by Community Support

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The storm cleanup continues across our region, and Friday's wet weather doesn't help.

But Mother Nature hasn't stopped the community from rallying around Roanoke City Police Officer Patrick Perkins.

Wednesday's storms flooded his basement, with water nearly reaching the ceiling.

His home could be deemed a total loss in less than 72 hours.

But since Wednesday's flood, the community has stepped up in every possible way.

"I cant express how guilty I feel that everybody has taken time out of their day to come help me," Perkins said. "I've got guys who've got less than I do and they are showing up and helping. I can't wait to get back out and help them."

Off-duty officers have helped the family pack up their home, people have dropped off food, and many have offered furniture to help them rebuild. One police officer even lent the family a camper so they could remain close to home while keeping it safe and secure.

"We went from a house to a trailer and I'm tickled to death," Perkins said.

The family's insurance won't cover the damage, so now they're trying to figure out where to go from here. The Roanoke City Police Department set up a relief fund for the family at the Roanoke Community Credit Union.

But Perkins says that other people need the community's help more.

"People downtown and people in other areas have lost their livelihood, and for them to lose that, those people are heroes to me because they still wake up everyday and try to clean up."

And Perkins says he can't wait to start helping those in need and go back to serving the community.

All of the fellow officers that have come out to help Perkins have done so on their own time. Some took time off, others even went over after working a full shift to volunteer their time to one of their own.