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The F4 Tornado of April 27, 2011 - A night to remember

Within minutes following the Category F4 Tornado, firefighters and first responders from Pace’s Point VFD were in service.  Their mission:  to make certain that every resident in every home on Pace’s Peninsula was okay.  This was a difficult task considering that many roads were totally impassable due to fallen trees and debris.

We were very blessed to receive immediate assistance from Sheriff’s deputies and other fire departments such as  StillWaters, Union, Dadeville, Jackson’s Gap, Newsite, Reeltown, Alexander City & Camp Hill.

Poplar Dawg’s, a local restaurant, was open all night long serving sandwiches, coffee, and providing a place for rest and first aid!

Lake Martin Baptist Church provided meals to dozens of volunteers for a few weeks after the storm and hosted the Red Cross.

This community truly came together with neighbor helping neighbor...we do live in a great place!

Assistant Chief Dan Hart inspects damage to property of Jerry Henry.

Deputy Chief Phil Adcock, Chief Jeff Henderson, and homeowner Jerry Henry talking with news media a few days after the storm. The Henrys were in their home during the storm - they were both injured and their home totally destroyed. Over 50 homes in our district were damaged or destroyed as a result of the Tornado on April 27, 2011.

The Henry's Home after the 4/2711 tornado.

The Henry's Home after the 4/27/11 Tornado.

Following the storm, several agencies including VOAD, FEMA, EMA - (State & local), Alabama Highway Patrol, Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s office, Red Cross, and Pace’s Point VFD met at the fire station to plan how to best meet the needs of the community in the days ahead. VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) coordinates placing volunteers with those in need. The fire station became the central location to process requests for assistance with those who wanted to volunteer. We received more than 80 requests for help and sent out over 400 volunteers who came to lend a hand.

Assistant Chief Dan Hart recognizes the outstanding effort put forth for Tallapoosa County and especially Pace's Point Fire District by the Sheriff's Department Dispatchers during the April, 27 2011 Tornado.