Peoria soldiers return from disaster relief efforts in North Carolina

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Peoria National Guard soldiers returned home from helping those in need in North Carolina Thursday night. 

These men are not only making us Central Illinois Proud, but also making our nation proud. 

The order came from Gov. Bruce Rauner to send these men and two helicopters to Raleigh, North Carolina. 

“I really felt like I was doing something good for the country,” said Sgt. Kyle Schneider, flight engineer. 

“There’s a lot of unit pride and a lot of state pride,” said Jason Lillie, Chief Warrant Officer CW2.

The pilots and crew from Peoria’s 238th Aviation Regiment took to the skies delivering food, water, and medical supplies to rural communities cut off from the flooding left by Florence.

“It’s extremely satisfying,” said Chief Warrant Officer Lillie. “You know, we train all the time. We work very hard and to actually be able to use it to help people, it’s great.”

Our soldiers stayed a week in North Carolina using their training to help those, who are potentially experiencing the lowest point in their life. 

 “Hopefully we made a good impression, a good reputation, and people know if disasters happen, we’re going to be there for them,” said Chief Warrant Officer Lillie. 

“The smiles on everybody’s faces is what I’m going to take away from this,” said Sgt. Schneider. “Everybody is so excited to see us, and like, they really needed the food and they were just so happy to get it.”

The costs associated with the deployment will be paid for by North Carolina. 

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