Extreme Home Makeover
The Hendersonville Fire Department was honored to assist the
crews of Extreme Home Makeover during their construction
of a new home for the Hawkins family of Hendersonville.
Jerrod & Amy Hawkins' Story
The Hawkins family's heroic and heartbreaking story epitomized the larger tragedy of April 7, 2006, when deadly
tornadoes stormed across the mid-state, killing seven others in Sumner County alone, destroying over
1,000 buildings and causing an
estimated $68.6 million in property damage.
Jerrod, a firefighter for the Brentwood Fire Department, was on duty at the time and could only
watch the storm from his fire station as the tornado completely destroyed the Hawkins
home, ripping the house from its foundation. Amy heroically saved the lives of Jair and Cole
by rushing them to the basement and then lying on top of them as the storm
raged around them.
Tragically, the falling bricks, debris, and concrete that pummeled Amy caused permanent injuries.
Her vertebrae and ribs were crushed, her lungs were punctured, and she sustained serious
head trauma. After the tornado passed, neighbors found Amy and the boys under a massive
pile of rubble and called Jerrod at the fire station, who had to instruct his neighbors
how to give his own wife CPR.
Left paralyzed by the destructive force of nature, Amy is slowly recovering, but doctors
say she will be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of
Led by Jerrod's fellow firefighters at the Brentwood Fire Department and the
Hendersonville Civitan Club, Middle Tennessee has rallied around the family with food, monetary,
and material donations. While the Hawkins family was temporarily living in a rental home,
it is not wheelchair-friendly and Amy -- recently returned from three months of intensive
therapy in Atlanta -- has great difficulty moving about.
The community, identifying with Amy's story of sacrifice and heroism, has collected
over 50,000 names from across the country, nominating the Hawkins family for a visit
from Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, making the Hawkins the most-nominated candidate
family in the program's four-year history.
Jerrod and Amy Hawkins with Jair & Cole
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