SALUTE TO THE BRAVE - HERO PROJECT
Your support and contributions will enable us to continue to give back to our wonderful heroes 100%. Your generous donation will fund our project.
The Hero Project is an event that started in 2016. Family and friends of Jeff Kelly, came to the shop with around $400 inquiring about a lift for his Jeep. Army Veteran E-6 SSGT Jeff Kelly was injured overseas while serving in the Army, resulting in the loss of his leg and leading to many other medical issues. His therapy, when he returned home, was trail riding; however, he could not conquer many trails with his stock Jeep. Linda and Jim, owners of Savage 4x4, decided instead of saying there was nothing they could do with the money raised, that they would take his Jeep and SAVAGE it. Many fundraisers and donations later, with the help of friends, employees and family, the reveal was made.
This was only the first build which led to several more builds for our Hero Project. In 2017 we had such an overabundance of nominations that we couldn't just choose one hero; we chose THREE. Veteran Jay Lamborn, US Marines Veteran was chosen after an abundance of nominations. and currently volunteering with Peace River K9 Search and Rescue, Joshua Golliher, US Army, currently working as a Firefighter/EMT and Edward Vuolo, US Army, currently traveling the country helping with disasters with the Department of Forestry.
In 2018, we took on two projects. First was the Jeep that belonged to Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, a police officer that was killed in the line of duty. His mom and dad allowed us to take the Jeep and make it a memorial to represent their son and all of the officers in the Fort Myers Police Department, as well as K-9s, that also died in the line of duty. A Nissan Xterra was also donated to us that we customized and gave to a local Veteran, Thomas Fresquet, US Army, to help him get back on his feet and continue helping the community, which is what he loves to do.
Our 2019 build was for Travis Livingston, active duty Army, Wildland Firefighter and volunteer Firefighter for the Felda Fire Department. Since he was presented in his, he has been deployed overseas to serve our country once again. We wish him a safe return home!
We've came out of pocket thousands of dollars for each build so we're always looking for donations and sponsors to help give back to these heroes who have risked and/or sacrificed so much for us. Please call us if you want to be a part of our Hero Project either by nomination, donation, sponsor and support in any way.
The heartwarming reveal for our first recipient can be seen below.
**Disclaimer** Please have a box of tissues near before viewing the video.
To honor our Military Personnel and First Responders who serve to protect our country and our communities. Our hope is to give a little light in a time of darkness to these Heroes.
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