Frye Authors Resolution Honoring Holton Volunteers

January 28, 2014
Volunteers during the 2012 Holton tornado were honored at the Statehouse Monday.

Volunteers during the 2012 Holton tornado were honored at the Statehouse Monday.

State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) honored the volunteers during the Holton tornado in a resolution on Monday, January 27th at the Statehouse.

On March 2, 2012, an F3 tornado touched down in the town of Holton. One hundred groups of volunteers flocked to the area in order to aide in the recovery efforts.

“I authored this resolution to identify and bring honor to the many men and women who gave their time, money and support to the town of Holton during one of its darkest moments,” said Rep. Frye. “I was touched by the selflessness and compassion that these volunteers showed, and this resolution is the least I can do to show our immense appreciation.”

The Holton Long Term Recovery Group Executive Committee included Rachel Grossman, Bob McCreary, Norm Knudson, Richard Sproessig and leader, Darin Kroger. Sally Morris served as Director of the Long Term Recovery’s fiscal agent, the Ripley Community Foundation.

Additional volunteers included:

  • International Disaster Emergency Service
  • Hopewell Baptist Church
  • Catholic Charities/St Johns
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief
  • Lilly Endowment Inc.
  • Brethren Disaster
  • Mennonite Disaster Recovery
  • Napoleon State Bank
  • Holton Volunteer Fire Department
  • Ripley County Community Foundation
  • Holton Christian Church
  • Crossroads missions
  • Holton Police Department
  • Ripley County Sheriff’s Department
  • Indiana State Police
  • Indiana Department of Homeland Security
  • American Red Cross

“During times of need, Hoosiers never hesitate to lend a helping hand. About 40,000 volunteers dropped everything to help complete strangers, and the town also received public donations totaling $288, 655,” said Rep. Frye. “The innate goodness of humanity was on full display in Holton. They will never forget this devastating tornado, but they will also never forget all of the support they received in its aftermath.”


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