Local business steps up to honor deceased employee


Multimedia Journalist - Julie Collins

PADUCAH - Members of the community are stepping in to help all effected areas of Sunday's storms, namely Brookport, Illinois.

The damage is clear and the support is just as evident. Staff at Wayne Supply Company in Paducah lost an employee to the tornado, and they say their donations are helping them cope and keeping their friend's memory alive.

A box, that bears the face of Rob Harmon, is filled with all kinds of donated items. Harmon lost his life during last Sunday's tornado.

"It was unbelievable," Harmon's brother Billy said. "I just felt like I was in a nightmare at that time. I just couldn't believe it."

Billy and Rob's co-worker Keith Nelson took time to reflect on their loss. Nelson told s he was a wonderful and great friend.

The donations are their way of taking an active step in remembering their dear friend and giving back. "I'm going to miss him dearly but I know I'll get to see him again one day in heaven because I know he's with the Lord right now," Nelson said.

Wayne Supply Branch Manager Brad Keller says they can feel the loss around the office. That box is an indication of just how much he was respected.

The Wayne Supply Company is taking donations all week long from anyone. They are located on 8th Street in Paducah. They say they are in desperate need of shovels, rakes, and wheel barrels.