State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) honored Holton tornado volunteers in a resolution presented Jan. 27 at the Statehouse.
On March 2, 2012, an F3 tornado touched down there. “One hundred groups of volunteers flocked to the area in order to aid in the recovery efforts,” said Courtney Scott, Indiana House of Representatives Republican Caucus press secretary.
Frye said, “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. 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. Efforts of the Ripley County Community Foundation, the Holton Long-Term Recovery Group’s fiscal agent, were overseen by RCCF executive director Sally Morris.
Additional volunteers included the Holton Volunteer Fire Department, Holton Police Department, Holton Christian Church, 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, Ripley County Community Foundation, Crossroads missions, Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police, Indiana Department of Homeland Security and American Red Cross.
Frye, who represents portions of Ripley, Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties as well as Ohio and Switzerland counties, observed, “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. 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.”