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After the Storm: One Year Later

Lee University student honored for volunteering after the storm

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN. (WRCB)  --  Bradley County looked like a war zone after five tornadoes ripped through the area, killing nine people and injuring nearly 100 on April 27, 2011.

Lee University junior Daniel Murch volunteered the day after the storms and never looked back.

"I still felt hopeless for them. It was like they were looking for someone," explains Murch. "I was like, it can't be that hard. I'll do it. Little did I know what I was getting myself into."

Murch started college with an undecided major but says the storms helped find his place in the world, to serve others.

"I just started doing volunteer work and I thought hey, why not sociology," says Murch.

In the year since the storms Murch used social media sites to recruit volunteers and find furniture for storm victims. He hopes to soon turn that passion into a non profit organization.

"I know men aren't supposed to cry but when you get in certain situations like meeting these families, it just becomes so overwhelming," Murch says.  

His selfless work caught the university's attention and earned him a Dr. Charles W. Conn Servant Leadership Award. Only two students and a staff member receive one every year.

Like most humanitarians, Murch shies away from the attention but says his work is far from over.

"Help is still coming," he says.  

"I don't think we're back to where we want to be but with the leadership of so many in the community and with young men like Daniel, I think we're going to get there soon," says Lee University Vice President of Student Development Mike Hayes.

Bradley County is preparing for another volunteer clean up day on Saturday, April 28. If you'd like to volunteer you can sign up online by clicking here, or call (423) 599-0757. 

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