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10 St. Paul police officers have volunteered to help Puerto Rico

They'll be headed there this weekend.

Ten St. Paul police officers will be going to Puerto Rico to help people in need after Hurricane Maria hit. 

Gov. Dayton issued a statement Thursday encouraging Minnesotans to help in any way that they can. Additionally, he said seven Minnesota National Guard soldiers have been federally deployed to help Puerto Rico.

Thursday the Federal Emergency Management Agency requested assistance from Spanish-speaking officers across the nation. In a day, 10 St. Paul police officers had stepped up, the Pioneer Press reports

They'll be headed there this weekend, the paper says. 

Chief Todd Axtell wrote in a Facebook post, "I am so proud of our Saint Paul Public Servants - this is a big commitment for our officers and they didn't hesitate when the call for help went out."

The City's mayor, Chris Coleman, also posted to Facebook he's proud of the officers who volunteered. 

The 3.4 million residents of Puerto Rico are American citizens and many of them are struggling to get food and water. Fuel and medial supplies are in short supply, too.

You can help by sending money, donating goods, or by volunteering. To learn more about how to help, click here

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