Sheriff's Office deploys

Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast, third from left, speaks with a contingent of sheriff’s office personnel Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, as a the group prepares to leave for Charlotte County in southwest Florida to assist those affected by Hurricane Ian.

Before he and his contingent of 13 deputies convoyed to southwest Florida to help with Hurricane Ian recovery efforts, Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast asked a question.

“How many of you went on deployment in 2018 for Hurricane Michael?” he said the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 4, outside of the county’s Emergency Operations Center in Lecanto.

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Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast offers a prayer for protection of his law enforcement personnel heading to hurricane-ravaged southwest Fl. Tuesday morning, Oct. 4.

Sheriff's Office deploys

One of the many Citrus County Sheriff’s Office vehicles that is deployed to Charlotte County departs the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Operations Center Tuesday morning, Oct. 4. A caravan of various vehicles will be deployed to areas of responsibility once in Charlotte County.

Sheriff's Office deploys

Citrus County Sheriff Mike Prendergast addresses a group of law enforcement personnel Tuesday, Oct. 4, outside of the Emergency Operations Center in Lecanto as a group prepares to leave for Charlotte County to assist in hurricane relief efforts.

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