Eufaula police officer steps in to help family after tornado

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EUFAULA, Ala. (WTVY) - In Eufaula, several houses on Corbitt Road were damaged by one of the tornadoes that tore through the area on March 3rd.

Jakeya Brown and her two daughters lost nearly the whole roof of their home, and she wasn't sure what to do next.

It's still going to be a while before Brown and her daughters are back home and life returns to normal, but until then, organizations from throughout the Wiregrass are making sure they are taken care of.

"As soon as we made it in the hallway, we heard a big, 'Boom!’” said Brown. “Then nothing."

As soon as she heard that 'boom,' Jakeya Brown wasn't sure what the future would hold for her and her two daughters, Johnae and Johnni.

A category EF-2 tornado had just torn the roof off their home.

"You go from a big beautiful house with nice trees, to there's nothing but dirt and tarp,” said Brown.

She wasn't sure what to do next, but at least she wasn't alone.

"Rebecca has been my guardian angel, she really has. She helped me and my girls way more than I had ever expected or way more than I'd ever been through in my whole life," said Brown.

Officer Rebecca Powers helped Brown find a job just a few months ago, and made a point to check on her after she found out where the tornado hit.

When she saw the condition of the house, she started making some phone calls.

"Everybody wanted to help,” said Powers. “It wasn't just a little bit, it was a lot. It was food, clothes, a place to stay, a warm bed."

David Duke of Wiregrass 2-1-1 helped put Powers in contact with people from The Harbor, The Homeless Coalition and The Ark to provide the food, clothing and supplies for Brown and her daughters.

He also reached out to the Red Cross to help pay for a hotel for them to stay at while the house gets repaired.

"It's why I get up every morning and go to work, because we have such wonderful organizations throughout the Wiregrass,” said Duke.

Duke even called the Glass Doctor of Dothan, and they are going to fix Brown's windshield.

None of it would have happened without Officer Powers reaching out for Brown, and she's willing to do it all again for anyone else in need.

"I know people are really afraid because we're the police and we arrest people and bring them to jail, but that's not really our goal,” said Powers. “Our goal is to get out here and help people."

Brown and her children are getting ready to move into an apartment, where they will stay while the house gets repaired.

If you or anyone you know needs help recovering from the tornadoes, you can dial 2-1-1.