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Lifelong friends team up for tornado relief

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. -- Six lifelong friends from Warner Robins donated their weekend off to help tornado victims.

When Zach Collins and his brother, who own We Care Heating and Air, heard about the devastation, they wanted to help.

They wrote a Facebook post asking where help was needed around Warner Robins after the tornado hit on Saturday. They were quickly flooded with responses.

They loaded their power tools and equipment into their trucks and headed toward impacted areas.

More destruction came the next day when deadly tornadoes touched down in middle in south Georgia. Four of the brothers' closest friends decided help them in Wilcox County.

"It was like being on the movie 'Twister,' like driving through the set," said Slate Simons, who's also a Sgt. with the Houston County Sheriff's Office. "It was very surreal."

They were some of the first people to witness the emotional shock on the faces of people in Warner Robins or homeowners who saw the tornado in their yard in Wilcox County.

"He was like, 'I've never been so scared in my life' and I can see it in his eyes," Collins. "He was terrified."

They said the scenes were unbelievable.

"I was talking to my brother and I was like, 'I can't believe that that's happening here,'" said Collins. "You know it's God's country. Nothing ever happens that's bad."

The group cut down hundreds of trees and cleaned up yards filled with debris. They even worked in the dark to give people a way out of their homes and save them thousands on cleanup.

"They were very tearful, crying, hugging," said Simons.

The community service included some irony from one Wilcox County woman.

"His wife said this, he was like, 'All these trees laying down but my Georgia boots still standing up straight!'" said Collins.

Collins said all the work was time well spent.

"It's literally some of my best friends hanging out, helping people," said Collins. "I mean, it don't get much better than that."


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