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Hero of the Week: Tommy Rhomberg


Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.


I want to take you back to August of this year. Iowa suffered damage due to windstorms that blew through at 140 miles per hour. This storm, or the derecho as it’s called, really uprooted the lives of farmers and many communities in the state.

Tommy Rhomberg was supposed to go to a friend’s party when the storm hit. That party never happened, but the 12-year-old still wanted to give his friend a special gift. He knew that his buddy liked baseball, so he made him a bat and called it “The Great Derecho” after the big storm that blew through. His friend loved it!

When word spread about the homemade bat, other friends wanted one. That gave Tommy the idea to use the wood brought down by the storm to make the bats. He would sell them to raise money for families who needed help most.

To date, Tommy has made 115 bats and donated over $2,500!

Learn more about this story as covered by CBS News.

Kix’s Response:

Tommy, first of all, at 12 years old to have the thought to do something like this for your community is very commendable, and it’s pretty impressive that you have the skill to make those bats! What a way to give back! So, Tommy Rhomberg, you are this week’s ACC Hero!




Nominate a Hero of the Week

Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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