Sheriff’s Inmate Work Crews Wrap up Tornado Cleanup

26 inmates took part in the cleanup...
Sheriff's inmates work on tree removal following the recent tornado strike in Harwich. (Courtesy of Sheriff Cummings)

Last week, Sheriff James Cummings ordered the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office Inmate Work Crews to the Harwich area to assist local officials with the cleanup from the recent tornadoes.

Under the guidance of the Harwich Department of Public Works, the Sheriff’s Office dispatched four work crews, each under the close supervisor of a Deputy Sheriff.   The inmates removed downed and damaged trees, raked up brush and other items damaged by the tornadoes.  In addition to the general cleanup, the crews worked extensively restoring the Island Pond Cemetery, Brooks Academy, Harwich Farmer’s Market/Triangle Park Grounds and the town owned A.E. Crowell “Decoys/Bird Carving Barn.”

Twenty-six inmates took part in the cleanup.  The following Sheriff’s Office personnel were on scene supervising the inmates and leading the Sheriff’s Office response:

  •             Major Neal
  •             Sergeant Wiseman
  •             Sergeant Ferguson
  •             Deputy Bumpus
  •             Deputy LaFrance
  •             Deputy Lyons
  •             Deputy Maxwell

“We were pleased to do our small part to respond to the significant damage caused by the tornadoes.   Inmates who work on these crews are paying back their debt to society and learning real-life job skills.  Our work crews are available to any town or non-profit organization when in need” stated Sheriff Cummings.


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