After nine years and thousands of volunteer hours, Rod Hamer still gives his time and heart to the American Red Cross.
"The real key for me is to focus on the people, focus on the needs of the individual," Hamer said.
"The big time was when the Parkersburg tornadoes hit, and then Cedar Rapids flooded. I spent about five or six weeks in those two activities, which was an eye opening experience for me."
Eastern Iowa Chapter Executive Pami Erickson has known and worked with Hamer for roughly two years. She said in that time alone, he's made a lasting impression on the Red Cross.
"When I think of Rod Hamer, I think boy, he's always there. In the face of emergency," Erickson said.
Hamer has been on countless deploys throughout the state of Iowa, and has participated in 18 national disaster reliefs. From Denver, Colo. to Houston, TX - he travels across the country helping people when disaster strikes.
"We've seen all kinds of situations where people have lost everything. One time in the middle of winter around Christmas time, a person only had pajamas, bare feet, and it's 10 degrees outside," Hamer said.
Erickson says the Red Cross is lucky to have a volunteer like Rod, and says he serves as a role model for everyone part of the organization.
"Rod's heart is so big that he just goes; where ever the need is, he goes."
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