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Sheriff's office targeting help for homes at risk of lead contamination

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The sheriff's office is tackling the state of emergency by putting their work detail on the job.

Now to be clear, these are people sentenced to community service so they're not violent offenders.

On Thursday, they helped offload the flatbed trucks and hand off the supplies to uniformed deputies. They went door to door, handing out water filters and also bottled water.

The sheriff said they're not stopping there.

They're going to keep handing the filters out until everyone who needs one gets one.

"It's not only today. This is ongoing. We're going to do it every day, Saturday, Sunday – we’re going to get the filters out to the people that need them," said Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell.

The recipients of those filters said they're extremely grateful for getting them.

"That’s wonderful that they got people to do that for the elders because I’m 77," said Birdie McFadden.

The sheriff’s office specifically targeted some of the oldest homes in Flint on Thursday, many of which are suspected of having lead pipes.

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