AZ National Guard deploys to Texas for Hurricane Harvey response

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About 30 Arizona Army National Guard members left the Papago Park Military Reservation Friday to go provide relief to regions hit by Hurricane Harvey. 

The convoy included trucks capable of hauling water, trucks that can tow just about anything, and personnel to support and maintain aircraft already staged in Texas.

[RELATED: Phoenix Firefighters Fight Flooding in Texas]

“As soon as I got an email that said we need volunteers I was the first one,” says PFC Christopher Morales. “I was like I'm ready to go.”

Originally from San Antonio, Morales can’t wait to lend a hand in his home state. 

Crew Chief Andrew Shimoli checked on his friends in Texas ahead of the convoy.

[RELATED: Arizona Red Cross volunteers join Harvey relief efforts in Texas]

“Obviously they lost their houses, but they're alive and well, which is the most important thing,” says Shimoli. 

Guard members put their lives on hold to respond to emergencies and there’s no telling when they will return to their homes in the valley.

“If I was in distress and they needed someone to help me I’d hope that help would be on the way quick, fast and in a hurry,” says Shimoli.

[RELATED: Phoenix Search and Rescue headed to TX to offer hurricane aid]

The group will meet up with about a dozen other Arizona National Guard soldiers that deployed August 26 with a UH-72 Lakota helicopter and three UH-60 Blackhawks. 

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