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Determined crews give up 4th of July holiday

The 4th of July is not being celebrated by all.  Some volunteers and clean up crews continue to work around the clock to clear devastated streets around Joplin.

The Army Corps of Engineers says it is not taking the day off, but instead working hard to continue clearing debris.  They are also working on temporary housing for those who are without homes, and on critical public facilities like the schools and fire stations destroyed by the tornado.

Though a long way from home on this holiday, some say they wouldn’t be anywhere else.

“I deep fry turkey’s every 4th of July and I called my pastor and he said ‘we really missed those turkey’s this year’ but I feel like we’re really making a difference for these people putting up these sites,” says Jeffrey Ice, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“I am away from my family – I was grateful to have the opportunity to serve through the Army Corp of Engineers down here in Joplin – I know my family is making due without me,” says Edward C. Foxworth Sr., a QA inspector for the Corps.  “Me and my wife talked about it and we do believe for us to try to make things right is for me to come here and serve and that’s why I’m here.”

“I’m here from Sacramento, California,” says Chris Gray-Garcia, public affairs specialist for the Corps.  “This is my first disaster response – it’s been really terrible to see but I’ve been really impressed with the resilience of the people of Joplin and I’m glad I can be out here to help them get back on their feet.”

The Army Corps of Engineer officials say they will continue their efforts to rebuild Joplin.

They say the Joplin community is inspirational and heart warming.

“There’s a lot of compassion among the people of Joplin,” says Jay Field, also a public affairs officer with the Corps.  “They’ve lost so much, yet, they have so much gratitude for the people that are out here helping them, whether it’s the volunteers from across the nation or the Corps of Engineers who have also come from across the nation.”



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