Governor Pence Personally Thanks First Responders for Work During Winter Storm (VIDEO)

By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive

January 10, 2014 Updated Jan 10, 2014 at 12:31 AM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (21Alive) - Indiana Governor, Mike Pence, made a trip to Allen County Thursday afternoon.

With a week of weather that will surely go down in history, Governor Pence said he didn't want this week to come to an end, without personally thanking first responders for their recent round-the-clock work.

After arriving at the Southwest Allen County Fire District, Pence went all the way down the line - shaking the hands of emergency responders, state and local law enforcement, military personnel, and INDOT workers.

"Our first responders are our first line of defense when things go wrong. To be here, among these firefighters who still have the evidence of the harsh cold across their faces, to be among police officers and emergency personnel that were out in it - often times at the risk of their own health and well-being, making sure that Hoosiers were taken out of harms way," said Governor Pence.

A State of Emergency Declaration was issued in 29 counties during the storm. But now, Pence is working to see if requesting a Federal Emergency Disaster Declaration would be appropriate for some of those counties.

He says it depends on the impact this massive storm had on Hoosiers and local businesses. Depending on the outcome, some counties could receive financial assistance from the state or from Washington D.C.

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