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Overtime hours adding up from storm

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- Tracey Keith rides through a storm battered area of Bradley County nearly three weeks after the storms.

"Our supervisor's car got rolled in the tornado. I mean we were all in it like everyone else," says Keith.

She, like many of her emergency colleagues, worked hundreds of hours to save lives during the worst storm period in Bradley County's history.

Joe Thomason said at some point, his body shut down from the 18 hour days.

"Lets say by the 13th hour or you just become so physically tired and you start to be worn by the things you've seen and all," says Thomason.

Bradley EMS workers put in 300 hours of overtime work during the tornado outbreak.

Today we returned to one neighborhood that looks as bad as it did 3 weeks ago.

"It is like an atom bomb went off. Just complete devastation," says Keith.

Not knowing how severe many of the situations were, trucks were stocked with extra supplies to help with the 18 hour shifts.

The Bradley County EMA center fielded nearly 200 emergency calls, many of those from people frantically needing help.

Altogether four employees logged nearly 500 hours of overtime costing an estimated $8,000.

While many of the battered areas needed patrols to stop looters, Bradley County sheriff's deputies turned in nearly 2,200 hours of overtime, costing more than $58,000.

It's a steep cost, all in the name of saving lives.

 

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