When Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich declared a state of emergency as a result of this week's snowstorm, the 729th Forward Support Battalion of the Maryland National Guard was called to active duty.
Headquartered in Hagerstown, the battalion assisted Maryland State Police in Hagerstown and Frederick, Md., with transportation during the worst of the storm and its aftermath, according to Major John Stevens.
"We were out from Sunday afternoon to Monday evening," Stevens said. "We had nine teams out."
These teams included two soldiers and a humvee, Stevens said.
"Our primary focus was to provide adequate transportation for public safety officers," Stevens said.
The teams took law enforcement officers to their calls during the storm, Stevens said, including to an accident near Hancock involving a snowplow.