**** A Message From Bobby Schultz****
Yesterday, a contingent of GCSO personnel, Congressman Ted Yoho, State Representative Chuck Clemons and I traveled to Gulf County to check on our men and women working hard to assist in the rescue and recovery efforts being made in that county; as well as bringing much needed life sustaining supplies donated by our wonderful community and others from through out north central Florida.The citizens of Gilchrist County would be proud of how they are representing. Our folks (Along with Our Hamilton County partners) were the FIRST outside law enforcement to arrive in Gulf County and render assistance after the tempest left, bringing with them life sustaining and necessary supplies which were donated by the Gilchrist County Commission, and our citizens which allowed the GULF County Sheriff's Office to operate. With out our quick response, help to those in need would have been further delayed. People have asked what are we doing to help other counties? Truth is, we wish we had the resources and personnel to help all the other counties as well..but I assure you, other counties (Sheriff's Offices) have been tasked to help all the different counties as well..and again we were requested to help Gulf County and help them we shall. One might ask why are we expending our limited personnel and resources to help another county when it is the state and federal governments ultimate responsibility? Well simply put... WE ARE OUR BROTHERS KEEPERS. Our citizens continue to receive an interrupted service. We are blessed with the ability to assist for a short period of time. We in Gilchrist County also know and understand how it feels to be overwhelmed and need help. We have been the recipients of the help of other counties.. and we SHOULD and we WILL reciprocate when we can. I spoke to numerous officials and citizens in Gulf County and each asked me to convey their heart felt thanks to everyone who has contributed to their tragedy. They are all aware of how small out community is and that means all that much more to them. They are very appreciative and humbled that we cared and were the first to respond in their time of need. We will continue to do what we can to assist. Posts on what you can do to assist will be forth coming soon. But what I will ask you all to do is pray for all the counties and people effected and for the ones assisting in the recovery efforts. When I tell you it's bad...I can not accurately describes it nor emphasize it enough. Thank you to my fellow citizens for your patience, understanding and support of our efforts to assist the citizens of Gulf County ...and if you're skeptical, remember that we are only one event away from being in their shoes and hoping and praying they would do the same for us. God Bless you all.