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Hometown Hero--Bob Tully

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The American Red Cross depends on volunteers, people like Bob Tully, to help those in need. Tully is a retired government worker who has lived in Savannah for three years. During that time, he has trained to become a disaster services specialist.

Last year he spent more than two weeks in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, after Hurricane Isabel caused more than $3 billion worth of damage.

"I spent 18 days up there, out in the country there, helping provide food, cleaning supplies, services to the people who were affected by Hurricane Isabel," he told us.

Recently Tully spent nearly three weeks in Fort Myers after Hurricane Charley plowed through the State of Florida. He's a volunteer who is always ready to go at a moment's notice.

"Last year he was out for 18 days," said disaster services director John Wright. "This year, he was gone for 19. To sacrifice that much time away from home and family is quite a sacrifice."

Tully says his volunteer work gives him a great deal of personal satisfaction and the smile on a child's face is all the thanks he needs. "At a gas station, a little girl got out of a car, probably not even school age yet. She came up to me and said, 'Thanks Mister,' and I was adequately paid right then."

For his extraordinary effort to help those in need, Bob Tully is this week's Hometown Hero.

If you'd like to nominate a Hometown Hero, you can drop us a line at the station: PO Box 8086, Savannah, GA 31412, or email  rwallace@wtoc.com.

Reported by: Ron Wallace, rwallace@wtoc.com


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