Region residents have been reaching out to express their thanks to the many, many in northwest Indiana who spent long hours helping others, making repairs, plowing roads, coming to rescues, getting to their jobs as police officers, fire crews, doctors, nurses, emergency responders, veterinarians, utility workers, and more during the winter storm and the 'polar vortex' that moved in afterwards. Here's an email we received we wanted to pass along... "My mom was locked out of her apartment on Sunday. I could not get there so we called the Valparaiso police department and they came to the rescue!! They came to my house to get my keys and brought them to her. In the confusion I did not get the officers name but both my mom and I would like to give him a big thank you!!! Sincerely, Lorna"