Jeep Enthusiasts Band Together To Restore Tornado-Damaged Car - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

NEWS

Jeep Enthusiasts Band Together To Restore Tornado-Damaged Vehicle

Posted: Updated:
Surrounded by devastation, Bryan Sutton’s orange jeep named "Stomper," all battered and broken emerged from the rubble to become a saving grace for his neighbors, using it to pull them to safety. Surrounded by devastation, Bryan Sutton’s orange jeep named "Stomper," all battered and broken emerged from the rubble to become a saving grace for his neighbors, using it to pull them to safety.
Surrounded by devastation, Bryan Sutton’s orange jeep named "Stomper," all battered and broken emerged from the rubble to become a saving grace for his neighbors, using it to pull them to safety. Surrounded by devastation, Bryan Sutton’s orange jeep named "Stomper," all battered and broken emerged from the rubble to become a saving grace for his neighbors, using it to pull them to safety.
MOORE, Oklahoma -

We've heard many heroic stories in the moments after the May tornado destroyed parts of Moore. Among those stories was one about a man and his jeep. Saturday, the two were reunited.

"It's unbelievable," said Bryan Hutton, who lost his family home in the May tornado. "My whole tale in this the whole time has been the community."

On May 20, Hutton quickly went underground when a tornado barreled through Moore leaving his neighborhood off 19th Street unrecognizable.

"The whole time all I could think about was the people that weren't below ground," he said.

Once he came out of the shelter, the magnitude of it all had barely sunk in, when Hutton decided to dig in.

"I had a jeep that started after all of that in spite of it all," he said. 

11/4/2013 Related Story: Jeep Damaged In Moore Tornado Gets Makeover

And surrounded by devastation, his orange jeep named "Stomper," all battered and broken emerged from the rubble to become a saving grace for his neighbors, using it to pull them to safety.

Jeep enthusiast Lance Kenyon, who also helped Oklahomans following the deadly storm, heard about "Stomper" and decided to return the favor.

"It's Jeepers," Kenyon said. "When you're on the trail and you break something, everybody comes together and they're not going to leave you until you're fixed."

And that's exactly what happened, with dozens of sponsors, the Jeepers banded together. Using all donated materials and labor, "Stomper" was restored in Arizona, and delivered first class to Hutton in Moore, along with a police escort and convoy of more than 100 other jeeps.

"This whole thing has been kind of emotional," said Kenyon. "It was just kind of an idea that I had in my head it's gone together more beautifully than I could have imagined."

A restoration that inspired a community destined to be rebuilt, much like "Stomper."

"Some people say I did something great," said Hutton. "But every time we pulled someone out, they just joined right in, so I didn't do anything any different, I just had a better tool that day."

Before making the trek back to Moore, Stomper was unveiled last week at the SEMA car show in Las Vegas.

Visit the Stomper Facebook page.

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Classifieds

Use our free classifieds to find the things you need or sell your items.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

ESP Interactive
Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.