Eastern Kentuckians are "Building a Bridge to Bridgeport"

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Folks from across eastern Kentucky are helping victims of the April tornadoes that tore through Alabama.

Joe Farmer and other volunteers went to Alabama hoping to help tornado victims, and ended up in the tiny town of Bridgeport.

"When we pulled in and started talking to the folks, we just had an immediate connection and felt like that was the community we were supposed to partner with," said Farmer.

Shortly after driving in, they met Tony Turner.

"I had a two-story house, barn, arena ... gone,"

Turner told the audience at Horse Creek Baptist Church he suffered a broken leg and shoulder. His wife suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs. His grandson's skull was cracked.

"My one daughter broke all the bones in her face, knocked out a couple teeth. My other daughter cracked her skull," said Turner.

He says all are still recovering and getting better, but the reality of starting over is still settling in.

"And a man like Joe and brother Anthony walk up and stick their hand out. Very humbling brother, you would not believe it, very humbling," said Turner.

Farmer is recruiting volunteers to help rebuild Turner's rodeo, which was an arena for the whole community.

"If the kids wanna play, just bring a horse, get out romp and stomp. They just know to close the gate and turn the light off when you're done," said Turner.

"We're gonna begin construction of a barn, a rodeo rink, concession area," said Farmer.

Farmer says they are "building a bridge to Bridgeport" from eastern Kentucky.

"If we can do that to help one community, we can make a lasting impact," said Farmer.

Farmer told the audience that people say the tornadoes were an act of God, but he disagrees.

He says the act of God is the support, love and compassion folks are sharing from the Bluegrass to the heart of Dixie.

Farmer says he will be heading back to Bridgeport with volunteers and supplies to begin rebuilding the rodeo arena on June 27.

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