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|October 27, 2005
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Massachusetts Probation Service Employees Assist
New Orleans Recovery Effort And Spearhead
for Hurricane Victims
New Bedford District Court Assistant Chief
Probation Officer Robert G. Mandeville traveled to New
Orleans, Louisiana to assist the Red Cross with resettling
survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Mandeville, a 25-year employee of the
Massachusetts Probation Service, left for Louisiana earlier
this month and stayed in New Orleans for two weeks. He
plans to stay in New Orleans for two weeks. During this
time, he helped deliver food and distribute relief packages
to those who survived both Hurricanes: Katrina and Rita.
He was chosen by the Red Cross after he entered his name
in a lottery for volunteers.
Mandeville joins the rank of Massachusetts
Probation Service employees who have assisted in recovery,
resettling, and charity efforts for hurricane victims
in the past couple of months.
Hampden Superior Court Probation Officer
Jason Harder returned from his Louisiana tour of duty
on October 6 th after spending three weeks working at
a medical station for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. A medical
technician in the 104 th Medical Group of the Air National
Guard, Harder worked at a 25-bed hospital set up at the
Belle Chase Naval Air Station which is located just outside
of the center of New Orleans.
Harder also participated in a two-hour
mission to survey the devastation and destruction. When
the second storm, Hurricane Rita, hit New Orleans, it
broke the already damaged levees, and re-flooded the
9 th Ward, the hardest hit areas in New Orleans. Harder,
assigned to an Army Aviation Unit as medical support,
responded by ferrying 2,000 pound sand bags, via helicopter,
to the site where they attempted to shore up the flood
Another Hampden Superior Court Probation
Officer, Alberto Perez, left for Louisiana in early September
and returned on the 23 rd. Perez, a member of the Massachusetts
Army National Guard, is the Senior Statewide Chaplain’s
Assistant in the National Guard. He is trained to provide
support and counseling services to family. You may read
more about Perez's efforts in a press release on the
Trial Court website: "Hampden Superior Court
Probation Officer Assists in Louisiana Relief Effort."
In Berkshire County, probationers on a
community service crew from Pittsfield District Court
Probation Department sorted and packed donated items
on a tractor trailer truck bound for New Orleans. Five
employees volunteered their time overseeing the probationers,
according to Chief Probation Officer David McNeice.
Bristol Probate & Family Court Chief
Probation Officer James Casey opened his home and heart
to a family of nine, including their 80-year-old matriarch,
and a family pet (read more about Casey's efforts in
press release: "New Bedford Probate & Family
Chief Probation Officer Opens Home to Family of Nine."
Casey, who owns a home in New Orleans,
is a good family friend of the Dominick Family. His home
served as an "storm control central," he said. Since
the family arrived, Casey has helped them find homes
of their own, jobs, and assisted with enrolling the children
in the family in the local school system.