There are many people I'd like to publicly thank for their efforts before, during and after the Dexter tornado.
Our brave first responders in Dexter and the surrounding communities deserve special thanks not only for their efforts to warn us early about the coming tornado, but afterward for ensuring that everyone was safe. Our local firefighters and police personnel all worked together through the night to make sure people were not trapped in the rubble. They continued their valiant efforts in the days after the tornado.
I'd also like to thank the local government officials who worked side by side to help residents. Officials from Dexter Township and the Village of Dexter, along with county officials and neighboring municipalities, worked hand and hand to help the people of the Dexter area.
Dexter Schools and its administration also worked hard to make sure the needs of students were met, and I'd like to thank them for their efforts. The Washtenaw County Road Commission, County Sheriff’s Department, State Police and local departments of public works also did a tremendous job.
The many local volunteers who helped their neighbors also deserve our thanks. So many people offered their support and time to help during ongoing cleanup operations, and several businesses provided free food and water for the workers. The Washtenaw County Red Cross and United Way also played a huge role in helping residents. There was a togetherness that was evident wherever you went.
The outpouring of support for the Dexter community serves as just another reminder of how special our area is. We proved that our community, and its people, can weather any storm.
State Rep. Mark Ouimet