President Donald Trump took a tour of areas severely damaged during last Sunday’s tornado that wiped out parts of Alabama and Georgia. The President and First Lady, Melania Trump, arrived in Auburn on Air Force One earlier today and were greeted by Governor Kay Ivey, Senator Doug Jones, and Lee County Sheriff, Jay Jones.
After viewing the aftermath of the tornado in Lee County, President Trump stopped by the donation center in Smith’s Station to speak with people who lost family members in the EF-4 tornado. The President and First Lady also took time to view the crosses dedicated to the 23 people killed.
Chris Sward is a Lee County resident who is also a survivor and hero. After cracking his ribs while trying to take cover from the storm, Sward managed to save family members trapped underneath their collapsed house. He describes the moments leading up to when his house collapsed and says he is thankful.
Dozens of officers and deputies with the Oxford and Anniston Departments along with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office have been in the Beauregard community for several days assisting with tornado relief efforts. Sheriff Matthew Wade recently spoke with TV24 and stated that local law enforcement are responsible for directing traffic and making sure unauthorized people do not enter areas where they don’t belong. Oxford Police Chief Bill Partridge says his officers are proud to help serve the people of Lee County during this time of need.