Chattanooga Firefighters Helping Rebuild Kentucky Home Destroyed by Tornado

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Chattanooga Firefighters helping rebuild a home destroyed by a tornado in Mayfield, KY. (Courtesy: Chattanooga Fire Department)

MAYFIELD, Ky. (WDEF)- A group of Chattanooga firefighters are helping rebuild a veteran’s home in Mayfield, KY after it was destroyed by an EF4 tornado in December. Tim Anderasen is a disabled veteran who lives with his two children and step-parents. At approximately 9:25 PM on the evening of December 10, 2021, a monstrous EF4 tornado that tore through Western Kentucky destroyed their Mayfield home. That tornado was on the ground for 165 miles, killed 57 people, and was part of the deadliest tornado outbreak ever recorded in December. Fortunately, the Anderasen family survived the storm after taking shelter.

The volunteer organization A Soldier’s Journey Home, based here in Hixson, is helping rebuild the home in conjunction with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, who discovered Anderasen’s story and promised to help his family rebuild. They have brought in over 170 volunteers to help construct a 2,300 square foot home that will be mortage-free and accessible.

As a part of these 170 volunteers, 10 of them are either current or retired Chattanooga firefighters. They are Senior Firefighter Keith Mosley, Firefighter Jake Case, Firefighter Josh Hixson, Senior Firefighter Mark Coffman, Senior Firefighter Brit Bradshaw, Captain Tyler Swindell, Lt. Joe Fuller, and Firefighter Derek Riley, along with retired CFD members Adam Cannon and Chip O’Dell.

For more information on the A Soldier’s Journey Home Foundation, you can visit their website at http://www.asoldiersjourneyhome.org. Additionally, for information on the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, visit http://T2T.org.

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