EARL PARK, Ind. (WLFI) - It's like father like son at Bennett's Garage and Towing in Earl Park. Last week Tommy Bennett took a company tow truck to New Jersey to help clean up some of the more than 200,000 cars totaled during Hurricane Sandy.
"[We're] getting all the disabled cars that were in flooded areas back to the storage yard until they get around to auctioning them off," Bennett said.
This isn't the first time the Bennett Garage and Towing family has sent someone to the disaster zone. The company's owner, and Bennett's father, Dan Bennett, helped clean up cars in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
"I knew he was ready for it," Dan Bennett said. "He was real excited. I don't know if he is as excited now. But it is going to be a great part of his life and a great experience."
Bennett will be on the East Coast for four to six weeks. This means he will miss Thanksgiving with his family and new wife. Both Bennett and his father said it will be bittersweet on Thursday.
"They understand," Bennett said. "I like being out here doing this and helping people out in the time of need."
"I think about the family stuff," Dan Bennett said. "I want him to know we're back here supporting him in anyway we can."
Although Bennett won't be home for Thanksgiving, he said he is surrounded by thanks in New Jersey.
"A lot of it is just moving [the victims'] vehicles off their property," Bennett said. "They're thankful for that because I think they're sick of looking at them."
It looks like Bennett won't be missing any more holidays for the rest of the year. He is scheduled to come home a few days before Christmas.
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