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WWII Veteran continues to clean up after tornado damage, honored with reward

MOORE, Okla. – We all know the raw power of a tornado.

These monsters can effortlessly lift homes, flip cars and snap power poles.

The swirling winds can also scatter that debris for miles.

87-year old Bill Russell is quietly doing his part to prevent punctured feet and flat tires.

He spends endless hours canvassing the streets of Moore, removing those potentially damaging sharp objects.

Mr. Russell said, “I do that 4 hours a day, 4 days a week. I’ve been doing it since 2 weeks after the tornado. That’s a long time to be picking up nails.”

This World War II veteran’s work and dedication have not gone unnoticed.

Nobody is more grateful to Mr. Russell than Bryan and Ginger Musick.

Their tires seem to be nail magnets.

Ginger Musick said, “I think they are a magnet. I’ve had three, THREE! nails in the tire. It’s a huge inconvenience. I think it takes people like him, to get everything cleaned up, repaired and to heal a community. It takes everyone doing their part and I think that’s his part. Even though nails are small, it’s a big inconvenience so I appreciate him.”

That is why Ginger Musick nominated this good Samaritan for Pay It 4Ward.

Faith Clune, from Spirit Bank Mortgage said, “Bill sounds like a wonderful man. And I hope that when I’m 87, I’m still active and making a difference and helping others and I can’t wait to meet him. So, on behalf of Spirit Bank Mortgage and Channel 4, we have $400.”

At 87 years old, Mr. Russell says he’ll be a blessing to his community as long as God allows.

Russell said, “I’m going to keep picking up nails.”

Small gestures that collectively, are making a BIG difference!