Local good Samaritan traveling to Houston to help with flood relief
A police sergeant from WKU is stepping up to help with flood relief in Texas.
Sergeant Rafael Casas plans to drive down to Houston on Sunday with a truck load of food and supplies.
"It's gonna be a long journey, but you know it's gonna be more than greatly appreciated," says Sgt. Casas.
Tonight Sgt. Casas packs up donated supplies at Bowling Green's F.O.P. Lodge. The supplies were left over donations from the F.O.P.'s annual food drive that they keep on hand in case of emergencies like this.
"We came from Meadowland Church they were kind enough to donate non-perishable food, some money to help with gas and expenses on the road," says Sgt. Casas.
The kind of supplies they're bringing are critical.
"This is stuff that is gonna be very hard for them to come across right away," says Sgt. Casas.
Along with the food, which will be greatly appreciated.
"This is actually really good right here," observes Sgt. Casas.
The devasting flood hits home for this good samaritan.
"I grew up in Houston, so I was there on and off until I was 16," says Sgt. Casas.
"I'm just going down there because i have a lot of family members that are down there that need the assistance," explains Sgt. Casas.
He knows that the getting to Houston won't be that easy, but still has a plan.
"It's gonna be a struggle to get all this stuff down there," says Sgt. Casas, "we're gonna kinda do some makeshift rails on the side of it, that way we're able to stack more stuff."
Sgt. Casas aims to get there and help his family in any way, and he also has another important goal.
"I'm hoping that I can bring my mother back," says Sgt. Casas.
And for the Casas, heroism runs in the family.
"My brother-in-law was actually out helping the police department rescue people the last couple of days," explains Sgt. Casas.
While Sgt. Casas may not know how to prepare his emotions for when he gets there, there's one thing he's sure of.
"Once I get there and I start seeing everything that's going on...I get to my family's house, and see the devastion that is going on around them...it's gonna be hard," says Sgt. Casas.
The trip to Houston can take anywhere from 16-20 hours. Sgt. Casas will be traveling down with his nephew, Alfredo Galindo. They plan to leave Sunday morning and be back by Thursday- weather permitting.