Military veterans help cleanup in Revere

REVERE, Mass. (NBC) – People hit hard by the revere tornado got some outside help. Military veterans, part of “Team Rubicon,” spent the weekend cutting and clearing fallen trees.

The sound of progress in Revere.

“This is terrific. I never thought that this would happen,” said Ursula Maccaro, a tornado victim.

However, it did. 87-year-old Ursula hasn’t been able to get this huge tree out of her back yard. That is until these guys showed up. That tree barely missed her house during last Monday’s tornado.

“It hit so fast I don’t know. I was shaking like a leaf,” said Maccaro.

Team Rubicon going from house to house in revere sawing and hauling away trees taken down by the tornado and they’re doing it at no cost!

“Something like this would cost several thousand dollars to remove and we’re happy to do it,” said Nathan Jacobs, a Team Rubicon volunteer.

Nathan Jacobs is an air force vet who served in Iraq. The organization is made up of thousands nationwide, just like him. When disaster strikes, they’re there.

“What we are doing is we’re taking veterans who are getting out of the service, and ah- really in the thousands at this point in time with the downsizing of the military. And we’re putting them back to work,” said Jacobs.

Revere’s Mayor Dan Rizzo is humbled by the help.

“Its people like Team Rubicon, Americore, other people that have been here in the city, neighbor helping neighbor – it’s really making this process and recovery go so much smoother,” said Mayor Dan Rizzo.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Peter Bucci of Revere.

The city itself has made a lot of progress in just about a week’s time. Team Rubicon has cleaned up about a dozen properties in Revere. No one more thankful than Ursula.

“Oh, I was so surprised that I would get help so quick. I can’t believe it,” said Ursula.

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