Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Offers Deep Freeze Assistance
Inside the Brooklyn Park location of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies collected cold weather gear to hand out to people they see outside and unprepared for the cold. Crews will be out at night too, helping people in need.
“We’ve got lots of blankets. We got jackets, we got hats and gloves and boots,” said Lieutenant Steven Hartig. “This is absolutely needed. You’re talking frostbite within five minutes.”
Over the last few days, staff have collected cold weather gear. Deputies in squads and vans carry the items on patrol.
Helping People While on Patrol
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Koski normally looks for criminals. However, on Wednesday he’s searching for victims of the polar vortex.
He distributed at least 10 blankets this week. It didn’t take long on Wednesday to find people in need of help. He handed out gloves, a hat and a blanket to a couple who said they just moved here from Kansas City.
“It’s cold there, but this is brutal,” one of the Kansas City natives said.
The crazy cold is a bit much to deal with if you’re not prepared. The new residents gladly accepted the cold weather gifts — grateful for Minnesota Nice.