VIDEO: Gov. Rick Scott Stops By Cocoa Police Department, Thanks First Responders

By  //  October 18, 2016

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ABOVE VIDEO: Governor Rick Scott made an early morning stop at the Cocoa Police Department Tuesday to thank police, firefighters, dispatchers and department staff for their critical response during Hurricane Matthew.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Governor Rick Scott made an early morning stop at the Cocoa Police Department Tuesday to thank police, firefighters, dispatchers and department staff for their critical response during Hurricane Matthew.

During his visit he thanked all the first responders and police staff for their hard work and dedication not just during the recent hurricane, but for the work they do everyday.

The governor placed a “Disaster Response Medal” around the neck of each department employee, shook their hand and told them they were appreciated.

“We were humbled by his visit,” said Chief Mike Cantaloupe. “We appreciate him taking the time to be with us and are thankful for his support.”

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Cocoa Police Department’s Maj. Eric Austin (left) and Gov. Rick Scott (right). (FB Image)

The governor stopped in Cocoa after visiting with a business owners in Port Canaveral as part of an ongoing damage assessment tour around the state following the deadly hurricane.

The governor’s office is fighting to get as much federal assistance as possible to aid in the recovery for the hardest hit areas in Florida.

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Preliminary damage estimates in Brevard County including all of its municipalities, show nearly 1000 properties affected by the storm in some way, with approximately 200 sustaining what is considered major damage.

Statement from Rick Scott:

“Since Hurricane Matthew impacted our state, I have traveled Florida’s east coast and met with affected families and businesses who are working hard to rebuild. I have seen homes destroyed from severe storm surge and flooding and many businesses are just now able to reopen because they regained power and cleaned up damage. While it took more than a week for this federal funding to be designated in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties, I am glad to know that impacted families and businesses will now have access to these resources to help with their recovery process. I continue to urge President Obama to make these designations today in the remaining counties on our east coast. Florida is strong and resilient, and while we are making every resource available from the state, we need the federal government to be a good partner and help all of our families get back on their feet.” – Governor Rick Scott


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