STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Arkansas judge considers effort to halt marijuana

A labor of love from one veteran to another. FOX10 News caught up with a Semmes man who says lending a hand was a no-...

Posted: Mar 19, 2018 11:47 AM
Updated: Mar 19, 2018 11:47 AM

A labor of love from one veteran to another. FOX10 News caught up with a Semmes man who says lending a hand was a no-brainer when he saw his 92-year-old neighbor's lawn could use a little TLC.

About a half a mile down Vickers Road is where former WWII veteran Richard Vickers lives. Forty years ago, he was one of the first to build his home on Vickers Road and decided to leave his mark.

"When you toy with something and you labor for it, you like to have a little touch in it so we said: hey! let's call it Vickers," Vickers said.

It was in the aftermath of Hurricane Nate, veteran Aaron Swafford and his family realized Vickers was their neighbor. A friendship was instantly born.

"After we met him, I knew he needed a hand and I just retired anyway so I figured why not go down here and help them out a little bit," Swafford said.

Swafford said Vickers' azaleas were growing over his driveway. So much so, the 92-year-old was driving beside his driveway in the dirt. This week, Swafford grabbed his family and went to work.

"We cut them back that far. It was pretty bad. And then we stacked them up. Some of it we burned too," Swafford said.

The Swafford's wanted to take it a step further.

"We painted the poles, the railings, you can see where the bushes were. You couldn't even see the railings," Swafford said.

They even raised two American flags at the entrance to the driveway. Vickers said he can't thank the Swafford family enough.

"We are blessed with neighbors that are really fine. They would help me with anything that I asked them to," Vickers said.

"I don't mind helping him. I would do it again. He's a really good guy," Swafford said.

Most importantly, the widower says, he has friendship.

"I have somebody to talk to because they asked me today, they said if you get lonesome and you want to talk to somebody, we're here. Well, that's nice too because I talk here and the four walls don't answer," Vickers said.

Swafford said that's why it's so important to make sure and remember the veterans in your neighborhood too.

He also says they plan to buy and install a brand new mailbox for Vickers.

West Lafayette
Overcast
55° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 55°
Kokomo
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 54°
Rensselaer
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 48°
Fowler
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 48°
Williamsport
Overcast
54° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 54°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
55° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 51°
Feels Like: 55°
Frankfort
Overcast
55° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 55°
Delphi
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 50°
Monticello
Overcast
50° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 50°
Logansport
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 52°
Scattered Showers & Storms Tonight
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 149166

Reported Deaths: 3960
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion24564781
Lake13079350
St. Joseph8788157
Elkhart8371132
Allen7815221
Hamilton5923113
Vanderburgh553050
Tippecanoe350914
Monroe319438
Hendricks3140130
Johnson2972127
Porter293248
Clark282157
Delaware279674
Vigo248837
Madison226991
Cass221020
LaPorte213057
Warrick186563
Kosciusko173121
Floyd172766
Howard157466
Bartholomew138657
Dubois133724
Marshall130626
Henry121828
Boone118648
Grant118039
Wayne117123
Hancock114144
Noble111333
Jackson107412
Morgan91540
Dearborn90328
Daviess83732
Gibson82611
Clinton81316
Shelby78329
Lawrence77832
LaGrange76615
Harrison73324
Knox69610
Putnam69515
DeKalb68611
Posey6745
Steuben5888
Miami5765
Fayette57515
Montgomery56422
White56215
Jasper5464
Greene51237
Scott50613
Decatur49439
Adams4645
Whitley4316
Clay4276
Sullivan42412
Ripley4178
Wells4125
Orange38624
Wabash3859
Starke3847
Huntington3695
Spencer3686
Franklin36325
Jennings35913
Washington3512
Randolph3378
Fulton3292
Jefferson3285
Pike31612
Carroll30813
Perry28914
Jay2816
Fountain2743
Tipton26623
Parke2182
Newton21111
Vermillion2111
Rush2034
Owen1991
Martin1950
Blackford1903
Crawford1481
Pulaski1431
Brown1283
Ohio1187
Benton1070
Union1020
Switzerland840
Warren731
Unassigned0233

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events