National Guard assisting Hoosiers during cold snap


250 members of the Indiana National Guard are among the first responders assisting Hoosiers during this extreme cold snap. They're stationed in key storm spots around the state.

Eyewitness News visited the Johnson County staging headquarters for the call-out of the Indiana National Guard. Here crews will be dispatched to help fire departments, police departments and individuals needing help getting to dialysis.

Early Monday morning, patients made their way through treacherous conditions for life-saving kidney dialysis. Their heroes are family members.

But for some across Central Indiana, there was no way out until the National Guard and their Humvees came to the rescue.

"We had a lady who needed taken for dialysis in New Castle. We transported her there this morning," said Adj. Maj. Gen. Martin Umbarger.

The 250 Guard members now at the ready are assisting anyway they can. In Johnson County, the Franklin Fire Department got a hand with frozen hoses after a fire call. With no way to get the hoses rolled up, National Guardsmen loaded it all up and transported it back to the fire house, allowing the crews to get it unthawed and back into service before the next call.

"We're ready to go. And I'm really happy to be out here and doing this. This is what we came to do. It's nice to be home and helping out the community," said Staff Sgt. Jordan Miller.

Governor Pence is calling for a state of emergency. That means these 250 National Guardsmen will be standing by to help for as long as it takes.