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OCSD and AOCDS partner with local business to aid hurricane victims


Thousands of towels, toiletries and hats trimmed with LED lights will find their way to the victims of recent hurricanes that have left thousands of residents displaced in Houston and Florida.

More than $157,000 worth of products are heading to the Harris County Sheriff’s Department to aid victims thanks to a collaborative effort from the Sheriff’s Department, Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s and Santa Ana-based Skits, LLC.

Undersheriff Don Barnes reached out to Orange County Sheriff’s Advisory Council member Paul Musco with a simple question: “How can we help the victims of the hurricanes?”

Musco, owner of Skits, happens to be in the emergency preparedness business and was more than willing to load several pallets six boxes high and stuffed with supplies into an 18-foot trailer Monday afternoon.

David Northcutt, owner of  Santa Ana-based Comfort First Products, donated his time and forklift to expedite the loading process, and Barnes and AOCDS President Tom Dominguez helped lift boxes into the truck.

Also on the list to help the victims of the hurricanes: thousands of rain ponchos, tissue packets, fluorescent emergency vests, towels and fold-out combs.

“We are doing whatever we can to do our part and represent the men and women of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and get this really critical material to where it needs to be,” Dominguez said.

Barnes solicited the help of Dominguez and AOCDS to identify two people who would take on the 21-hour drive to Harris County.

Dominguez said he quickly found the perfect guys for the job: retired Sgt. Steve Torres and retired Deputy Herb Siegmund.

Torres and Siegmund will leave at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and make the trek to Texas. Whatever doesn’t get distributed in Texas will be donated to help victims in Florida.

“It’s all a collaborative effort and it’s the way we take care of the rest of the nation from California,” Barnes said. “To those in Houston and now in Florida: Our best to you. We’re going to help you out any way we can.”