Hague man helps out and gives back

Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

On Nov. 10, Hague resident Jon Burrell joined a 17-person volunteer construction team headed to New Jersey to spend a week rebuilding and repairing homes of families badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Oct. 2012.

The IRT team worked on a drywall project on the basement of the house in NJ after it was hit by a falling Oak Tree. Jon Burrell is the second on the right in the red sweatshirt.

The IRT team worked on a drywall project on the basement of the house in NJ after it was hit by a falling Oak Tree. Jon Burrell is the second on the right in the red sweatshirt.

The team traveled to help repair a single family home that was hit by a huge oak tree. Burrell explained that while the roof and main floor was damaged from the tree fall, the rain exposure caused by the tree flooded and severely damaged the house’s basement. For six days, nine hours a day, the team worked to restore the basement.

Burrell, who formerly resided in Annapolis, Maryland, came to live in Hague four years ago  where he had been living on and off since 2003. Burrell has three sons, four grandsons and a granddaughter on the way who all live out of state. Burrell has his Masters degree, is a veteran of the US Navy and spent much of his life working for non-profit organizations. Burrell says he’s always had a sense of wanting to help where he can.

“My life was pretty good in terms of doing what I wanted to do when I wanted to. I had a good education that I turned into a fairly good work life.  I want to give back where I can.”

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