A local hero who lives in Greenwood recently traveled to Moore, Okla., to help with tornado-relief project. He did this on his own time and with the help of Martin Marietta Materials, operator of the Greenwood Quarry just south of Leeís Summit.
Itís easy to forget events such as the May 20 tornado in Moore, Okla., but the people who live there are still recovering. Lonnie Albertson, a long-time Greenwood resident, didnít forget.
Albertson recently traveled to Newalla, Okla., southeast of Oklahoma City and about 25 miles east of Moore, to put his equipment operator skills to work.
"Itís my way of giving thanks and helping others in gratitude to all the people who have helped me out in the past," Albertson said.
In a previous trip, Albertson spent nearly two weeks demolishing three houses ó two in Moore and one in Newalla ó that were heavily damaged by the storm. He also used a skid steer to move downed trees and other debris to the street for pickup and disposal.
Hunt Martin Materials, operator of the Greenwood Quarry south of Leeís Summit, supported Albertson by paying equipment rental costs for the most recent trip.
"The Oklahoma families were very grateful, but it was just a drop in a bucket compared to all that still needs to be done," Albertson said. "I hope with the help of others to be able to go back and help out more."