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Thinking About the Dexter Tornado – One Year Later


It hardly seems like it has been a year since an EF-3 rated tornado ravaged the Dexter community on March 15th, 2012, leaving over seven miles of destruction in its wake at a cost of millions of dollars.

EF-3 Rated Tornado DamageMany of our own employees live and work in the Dexter area we can’t help but remember the impact the tornado had on the Sheriff’s Office as well as the selflessness and courage of our staff and volunteers in stepping forward and serving during a time ofRed Cross acute need.  From Communications Operators, to Deputies and Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s, to Emergency Management Professionals, Sheriff’s Office staff responded in full force, many without even being called upon, to assist the citizens and community of Dexter.  Collaborations and partnerships between police, numerous fire departments, EMS, the Road Commission, Washtenaw County and Dexter Township and Village, local businesses and charitable organizations allowed for immediate response and positive results to those areas and families most affected.  Truly, all those agencies and individuals that combined forces and responded are too numerous to name.  Damaged Homes

Not an event we will soon forget, we remain grateful there were no serious injuries or deaths as a result of the tornado.  Although rebuilding is still in progress, the community’s commitment and dedication remains steadfast as does the Sheriff’s Office commitment to Dexter and all of the communities we serve. 

“Moments like what occurred in Dexter remind us about the importance of service, community leadership and why we chose to be publMounted Unitic safety professionals.  In considering what occurred, we take a moment to acknowledge and thank all of the Sheriff’s Office staff and volunteers who defined the meaning of quality public safety service by their first response and on-going contribution to the recovery of the Dexter community.” ~ Sheriff Jerry ClaytonDep. Ray Yee; Photo Credit to Photographer Benjamin Weatherstone & The Ann MagazineEmergency Operations CenterSgt. Beth Gieske, Dep. Marvin Sharrock & Dep.  Ray Yee

“It feels like we outran the Dexter Tornado.  It causes you to stop and really think about how things can change in an instant.”  ~ Sgt. Beth Gieske


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