LOUISVILLE, Miss. (WCBI) — Tad Agoglia once made a living using machines like this.
Now, he travels around the country with heavy equipment for the non-profit organization, First Response Team of America, he founded seven years.
“We’re coming with volunteers and equipment and first helping the homeowners find what they can salvage. Then after that, taking all the debris and moving it to the road, which is a real vital step. Not only for the families to get what they can to start over with but that clean up is really the first step towards rebuilding,” Tad Agoglia with First Response Team of America said.
Eiland Avenue is one of the most devastated areas in Louisville. It’s where three people were killed by the twister.
Peggy Hornesburger lost her home but thanks to the First Response Team for removing the debris for free.
“My home was completely demolished and the First Response Team, they called and asked could they clear it up for us and we were so blessed to have them come and do it for us,” Hornesburger said.
Lowe’s also partners with the group of volunteers. The hardware company sends volunteers from Columbus, Philadelphia and Starkville.
We’re just here to give back to those who participate in our success. There are so many of them out here that have lost everything and they need help out here. So we’re here to help,” Lucas Frost with Lowes in Starkville said.
First Response Team of America says its mission is simple: to reduce the time it takes to get help to those in need.