Virginia Beach deputy recruits help with Hurricane Matthew recovery

(Photo: Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Deputy recruits with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Department are helping victims of Hurricane Matthew clean up.

Volunteers with the Basic Academy Class and the corporals of the academy removed damaged drywall and flooring from two homes in the Lake Crescent neighborhood Thursday. The homes were selected by Operation Blessing.

The group will be out again Friday.

The basic academy started on August 18 and are set to graduate on December 5.

The sheriff’s office says while training is important, community service is also a key value. That’s why Sheriff Ken Stolle approved for the recruits to help with storm recovery. The Virginia Beach Police and Fire departments have also been providing volunteers.