MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — An Eastern Panhandle organization that deploys all over the country to help veterans is now turning its attention toward helping those impacted by devastating tornadoes that struck Kentucky and other states Friday.

Samuel Rock is the Founder and Director of Battle Buddy Response Team, which is headquartered in Martinsburg. They’re planning a caravan to the devastated area Friday.  “We’re going to have an 18-wheeler, a 53-foot truck full of medical supplies, donations, water, teddy bears, toys. We’re going to have a box truck behind that some other construction equipment on it, then we’re going to have a heavy equipment trailer behind that with a crane on it with some other heavy equipment, then a service truck behind that as well, and then Battle Buddy Response Team Truck will be in front,” Rock said on Panhandle Live on MetroNews Affiliate WEPM Wednesday.

Rock and his group already took two pick-up truckloads of medical supplies down to Kentucky and Tennessee over the weekend.  “I found out from the Battalion Chief at the fire department in Mayfield, Kentucky that we’re the first donation to come down to have medical supplies. I told them that we have a lot in, that we’ve been donating medical supplies out to our police, fire, ambulance, different hospitals in our local area West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, and we have a storage unit full of it and we’d love to donate that,” Rock said.

They’ll also be on hand to help, he said. “—and then we’re planning on volunteering down there, doing the search and rescue, cutting down trees that need to be cut down, just doing as much as we can because, honestly, Christmas is right around the corner and we can’t imagine being around a Christmas tree while there are families out there who’ve lost their loved ones, lost their homes,” Rock said.

Rock says they’ll need help loading up at their Greencastle storage facility Friday around 7:30 a.m. They plan to get the caravan underway with a police escort around 9:00 Friday morning.
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