The Hero Project is an event that started in 2016. Family and friends of Jeff Kelly, known at the time as the Jeep Peeps, came to the shop with around $400 inquiring about a lift for his jeep. Army Veteran E-6 SSGT Jeff Kelly was injured overseas when hit with an IED, resulting in the loss of his leg and leading to many other medical issues. His therapy when he returned home was trail riding, however it's not something he could do with a stock Jeep. Linda and Jim, owners of Savage 4x4, decided instead of saying there was nothing they could do with the money raised, that they would take his jeep and SAVAGE it. Many fundraisers and donations later with the help of friends, employees and the Jeep Peeps, the reveal was made:
This was only the first build which led to several more builds for our Hero Project. In 2017 we had such an overabundance of nominations that we couldn't just choose one hero and we chose THREE. Veteran Jay Lamborn, US Marines and currently volunteering with Peace River K9 Search and Rescue, Joshua Golliher, US Army, currently working as a Firefighter/EMT and Edward Vuolo, US Army, currently traveling the country helping with disasters with the Department of Forestry.
In 2018, we took on two projects. First was the Jeep that belonged to Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller, a police officer that was killed in the line of duty. The family has the Jeep and wished to make it a memorial to represent their son and all of the officers in the Fort Myers Police Department, as well as K-9s that also died in the line of duty. We were also donated a Nissan Xterra that we customized and gave to a local Veteran, Thomas Fresquet, US Army, to help him get back on his feet and continue helping the community, which is what he loves to do.
We've came out of pocket thousands of dollars for each build so we're always looking for donations and sponsors to help give back to these heroes who risked and/or sacrificed so much for us. Please call us if you want to be a part of our Hero Project either by nomination, donation, sponsor and support in any way.
The heartwarming reveal can be seen below:
**Disclaimer** Please have a box of tissues near before viewing the video.
Picking up the Jeep
This Jeep goes to events to represent Adam and the other FMPD police officers and K-9's that died in the line of duty.
Adam Jobbers - Miller's Build highlights
Hello Jim and Linda, I would like to recommend my very good friend, Travis Livingston, for the 2019 Hero Project. He is an Army Vet, and currently serving in the reserves. He was stationed with and served along side my brother for several years while on active duty. Since leaving the Army on active duty, he has relocated to the local area, and is currently working as a wild land firefighter for the Department of Forestry, and is based in Felda. Travis is a very good guy, a father of three, and a hero in my books, below are the numerous qualifications and different things he has done. I believe Travis deserves to be recognized for his never ending support of his community, the people in the towns he works in, and his willingness to put his life on the line. Travis is very humbled, very respected, and an incredible individual.
FIRE JOBS: Certified as Firefighter in 2006 in VA 2006-2007-Firefighter-Newsoms Volunteer Fire Department in VA 2010-2013-Fire Lieutenant-Sandy Hill Fire Rescue, Leesville,LA (Recipient of Hurst Green Cross Award while here) 2016-2016-Firefighter-Oak Grove Volunteer Fire Department,Fort Cambell, KY 2018-Present- Professional Wild land Firefighter- Florida Forest Service, Felda,FL
MILITARY: Active Duty: 2009-2010- Infantry OSUT & Delta CO/30th AG, Fort Benning, GA 2010-2013-46th Engineer Battalion (Heavy)(Combat),Fort Polk,LA 2013-2015-2nd Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck/Grafenwoehr, Germany 2013-2015-2nd Cavalry Regiment, Operation Enduring Freedom 13-14, Kandahar, Afghanistan 2015-2016-101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY RESERVES: 2016-Present-388th Engineer Company(Route Clearance) Lake Park,FL
MILITARY JOBS: Infantry Man Recovery Specialist Instructor
MILITARY AWARDS: Army Commendation Metal (x2) Army Achievement Medal (x8) Army Good Conduct Medal (x2) Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal NCO Professional Development Award Meritorious Unit Citation German Schutzenschnur-Silver
Please take time to consider Travis for the recognition I believe he definitely deserves after faithfully serving his community in the military and as a first responder.
Humbly Submitted. Nolan Connell
Travis is also active in volunteering for Operation Outdoor Freedom, taking disabled Veterans on hunting and fishing trips.
Thank you for taking the time to consider sponsoring our annual Savage 4x4 Hero Project. I am attaching a little information on our mission to help those who have offered so much, in one way or another, while protecting our country and community. Our hope is to give a little light in a time of darkness to these Heroes.
We put on many events to raise money for our cause to include poker runs, concerts, truck shows, parking lot parties, car washes and truck tug-of-war that brings truck pullers from across the United States. We participate in the annual Edison Festival of Lights Parade with a float showcasing our Heroes and our builds. We have banners on our float that have all of our sponsors logos. This is a very big parade (even the Budweiser Clydesdale's and Wells Fargo participate), with the streets lined thick with spectators.
We have sponsorship opportunities ranging from parts donations to monetary donations. Everything and anything is appreciated to keep this going. Our dream is to make this a National event and hopefully get a new vehicle one day for Savage to present to one of our Heroes. We have a tab on our website to include a link to all of our sponsors websites with their logo, advertise on our social media and event pages for fundraising, and advertise on our local radio station. We have been on several news channels as well as media such as the News Press and Hello Southwest Florida. We are starting a YouTube channel to also showcase our sponsors and our Hero Project. Please contact Linda at Savage 4x4 if you would like more information on how to become a sponsor or how you can help with our Hero Project.
Your support and contributions will enable us to continue to give back to our wonderful heroes. Your generous donation will fund our project.
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