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Michigan State Police Return From New Jersey

Some Michigan State Troopers are happy to be back home.

A group of 24 uniformed officers recently returned from New Jersey where they spent a week helping out in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy.

24 officers drove 10 trucks for 10 hours with one mission.

Trooper Jay Barkley, Michigan State Police: "Helping the people in New Jersey that had their homes destroyed and their lives devastated by the storm."

Trooper Barkley is one of those officers who didn't hesitate when asked to help.

Barkley: "I said yes right away. I definitely wanted to be a part of that."

When they arrived on the Jersey shore, they took a temporary oath of office to serve in the state.

Barkley: "That was very cool to see like I said 200 troopers from 8 different states come together and take the same oath."

After that, it was time roll up their sleeves.

Barkley: "It was bad it was real bad. Some of the lower lying areas, some of the homes were just completely destroyed, washed away, knocked down."

MSP did some road patrols in New Jersey but mostly focused on emergency management and keeping looters away.

Barkley: "Making sure that the little that those people have left was secure and making it safe for people come back and work on their own homes."

Now that Barkley and his men are back home, he says he still worries about the people who are suffering.

Barkley: "A lot of people lost everything."

But Barkley says he's proud of the work MSP did and says it's something he would do again in a heartbeat; because he says its all part of his job

to serve and protect, in Michigan or not.

This is only the second time in MSP history that a group of troopers has been deployed to another state.

The last time was 2005 when troopers went to Louisiana in response to hurricane Katrina.

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