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Volunteer chainsaw crews still hard at work

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If you drive through Dougherty County, you've probably seen volunteer groups cutting through trees with their chainsaws.

What you may not know is that some of them have been out helping their neighbors since the first round of storms, with hardly a break. And they still have hundreds of trees left to clean.

Each day starts the same for Shane Waller and his three-person crew. Gassing up chainsaws and getting right to work.

"There was no way you couldn't tell the need was there," said Volunteer Shane Waller.

Being a stay-at-home father of three, Waller's daily responsibilities were to watch his kids. Since January 22, he's relied on babysitters. His new responsibility, to help those in need.

"We climbed out of our closet from safety, I put these boots on, went straight to work and I haven't stopped since," Waller said.

Waller teamed up with Tyler Stephens and Taylor Twilley. Day after day, the three have gone house to house with their chainsaws. "They all need help, so we're going to help them all," Stephens said.

They do it out of the goodness of their hearts, using the sales of these crosses to help pay for gas for their cars and equipment. They're assisting families not only physically but mentally as well.

"When I leave a house, I like to pray with the storm victim. You make a bond with that person, you make a friendship," said Waller.

Waller says the storm has allowed him to meet many people he would have never spoken with before. 

"We live in a city, in a society where we will pass by people in Walmart and never speak to each other. But while this storm brought tragedy and wreaked chaos, it has also brought a unity."

Waller says some days his crew gets tired, but he says it's the Lord who gives them strength to continue helping.

"That's who I give the credit too. Energy drinks and coffee and all that can't give you the energy that is needed to keep on pressing."

If you want to help with funds for chainsaws and gas, you can get crosses at the Phone Revival on Ledo Road or Gieryic's Automotive Repair on Old Dawson.

If you have trees in your yard that need to be removed, you can call 800-451-1954 to get help from the volunteer crews.

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