Glenda Patterson, who’s lived in Navarre for 20 years, posted 11 American flags in honor of the personnel involved in last night’s helicopter crash.
Patterson recently lost her mother unexpectedly and said she feels compassion and empathy for the families.
She went to Ace Hardware on Navarre Parkway to purchase the flags, but Ace gave them to her at no cost.
Deputy Rich Aloy with the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office told reporters that search and rescue personnel have been overwhelmed with support and food from the community. Aloy said they received food from local citizens as well as businesses including Wal-Mart and Zaxby’s.
“I’m so proud to serve the citizens of this county,” he said, adding he had been overwhelmed with the support from a community where military is a way of life. “I get goosebumps when I talk about it, just how caring the community has been.”
Several agencies are working together on the recovery efforts — including airmen from both Hurlburt Field and Eglin AFB, the U.S. Coast Guard as well as firefighters from Navarre Beach Fire Department. Officers from the SRCSO turned out in full force to help as well.
“Basically anybody that was available to come out today — they did,” Aloy said.