Firefighter John Hamrick, founder of TEAM R&R Disaster Assistance (not-for-profit), 12-year veteran of the Ft. Wayne (IN) Fire Department, and a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 124, was awarded the national Jefferson Award for community service. The team’s efforts have been recognized also by the local chapter of the American Red Cross and area businesses.
TEAM R&R is based in Indiana and responds to the eastern half of the United States. The team has responded to some of our nation’s largest disasters, including the Spring 2002 Mississippi River Flood , the Fall 2000 tornado in Ohio, and the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attacks.
Hamrick also owns a communication tower and flagpole service, which is the Team’s primary funding source. Private and corporate sponsors, who donate equipment, services, funding, and support, augment the Team’s resources. Sponsor assistance enables the Team to “Do a better job of helping others,” Hamrick says.
Additional Team sponsors include Stihl & Bryan Company; Warn Winches’ Sterling Rope, and local supporters such as Wal-mart, American Legion, DMP, Indiana Data, Craigville Diesel, Artistry in Ink, Instant Copy, Hoagy’s Wrecker Service, Craigville Dissel, and “all the great people and the firefighters and departments who treated TEAM R&R as family.” Hamrick adds, “Together we make a difference!”