Rescue vehicle needs rescuing

Mike Day bought this vehicle because he loves the military and wanted to bring that respect to parades and festivals. His father was a WWII vet with the 101st Airborne and jumped into France on DDay. It is his pride and joy and he loves this truck.

However, when Hurricane Harvey hit Fannett, Texas and dropped 52 inches of rain...he did not hesitate to volunteer his truck for rescuing people from the rising flood waters. I had never driven the truck and was concerned for him giving it so quickly...but he said, "Drive it". After 10 hours of driving it the first day, the brakes failed and he said, "Drive it". We cut the leaking brake line, plugged it with a bolt and pipe clamps, bled the brakes and went again. He even gave the brake fluid.

Mike's house was filling up with water at this point.

After dropping a group off, we noticed it dripping oil from the rear main seal...he gave us 5 gallons of oil and said, "Drive it". This 40+ year old truck has gone for 4 days straight while we put bandaids on it and kept throwing oil down her throat...putting immense strain on an old soldier...risking permanent damage to Mike's truck...and all he said was "Drive it".

This truck pulled out over 80 people during this disaster, at least 25 dogs and cats, 2 horses and a donkey. It also delivered donated supplies and water to shelters.

Mike also got 4 feet of water in his house and lost everything on the first floor of his house. He is retired and on a fixed income...let's help him "Drive it" again and get it ready for the next disaster.

Mike is my uncle and we both live in Fannett, TX I am in law enforcement, so I asked him for the truck...he did not hesitate. All money raised will go directly to this truck for brake lines, the transmission seals, and engine and body repair.

He has no idea I am doing this and he asked for nothing...I think those are exactly the people that deserve the most.







Donations

  • Keith Lindstrom 
    • $200 
    • 41 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 
    • 41 mos
  • Stacey Day 
    • $500 
    • 41 mos
  • Cindy Day 
    • $200 
    • 41 mos
  • Dennis Greene 
    • $200 
    • 41 mos
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Organizer

Stacey Colston Day 
Organizer
Beaumont, TX
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