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HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY MR. FLY AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

On September 2, 2017 members of Task Force Hoosier were in Houston helping First Responders affected by Hurricane Harvey. They were returning from helping a First Responder in Katy when they saw a Facebook post from Melanie Luttrell and the Never Quit Foundation. She put out a call for help to assist a World War II Veteran who lost his home to the storm. The team jumped at the chance to help and made arrangements to meet Melanie the next morning. The following day, the members of Task Force Hoosier met the Never Quit Foundation at Mr. Fly’s home in the Norchester area of Northwest Harris County. They spent all day working to remove sheetrock and damaged belongings, side-by-side with Team Never Quit. This was the start of what would be a long process of rebuilding his home. Team Never Quit set out on a mission to raise enough money to rebuild his home by his 100th birthday which is today, November 13th. The response from the community was over whelming and they were able to accomplish their mission. Task Force Hoosier wanted to see this mission to completion, so they returned this past weekend to hand the keys to Mr. Fly on his remodeled and repaired home. Task Force Hoosier became acquainted with Cypress Creek EMS over 20-years ago when Cypress Creek EMS started teaching Tactical Medical Teams to participate in SWAT Operations. Many police officers, firefighters and medical staff from Evansville, Indiana and Mc Cutchanville Fire Department were involved in this and when they saw the area damaged by Harvey they formed Task Force Hoosier and responded to the area. Word got out ion Indiana and hundreds of tons of supplies and food were donated and shipped to Hooks Airport. There they were distributed to Frist Responders who lost everything in the flood. Many of them helping rescue flood victims as their homes were going under. Mr. Fly’s daughter Karen said the day she went to her father’s home he was devastated, he had recently lost his wife and now his home. It was then she found out he had no flood insurance as he had never flooded before. “He knew he lost everything”, she said. Mr. Fly thanked everyone for all the help getting him back in his home. Sunday a birthday party was held at Cypress Creek EMS headquarters. Mr. Fly was presented a flag that was flown over the World War II Memorial.

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