June 17, 2011
***For Immediate Release***
BAUCUS RECOGNIZES WOLF POINT MAN AS “MONTANA HERO OF THE DAY”
Senator Highlights Fort Peck Roads Department Leader as Flood Disaster Relief Effort Hero
(Washington, D.C.) – Montana’s senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus today named Darin Falcon of Wolf Point his “Montana Hero of the Day” for his round-the-clock efforts to help Fort Peck Indian Reservation residents through severe flooding.
As Director of the Fort Peck Tribes Indian Reservation Roads Department, Falcon has gone the extra mile not only constructing berms and dikes to protect the community – but working on individual projects to help property owners stranded by floodwaters.
“Darin’s care for his community goes way beyond his job title. He’s used his expertise as an engineer to find ways to help his neighbors on projects of every scale. But it’s his work ethic and willingness to help out that make him a real Montana hero,” said Baucus. “I’m humbled to be able to shine the spotlight on Darin’s relief work and I ask that Montanans everywhere join me in thanking him for doing such a heck of a job.”
Darin’s engineering and construction activities include everything from delivering sandbags to residents to major public infrastructure. He even helped an elderly member of the community build an alternate roadway to his home after 300 feet of the resident’s roadway was submerged in nearly two feet of water.
When floodwaters hit the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, almost 40 families were forced from their homes. Many are still unable to return.
How You Can Help:
Contact: Fort Peck Tribes Disaster & Emergency Services, 406-650-6731
Disaster Relief Accounts have been set up at:
§ Western Bank in Wolf Point
§ Independence Bank in Poplar
Baucus is encouraging people to share their stories of neighbors helping neighbors through the flooding disaster by commenting on his Facebook page:
Contact: Kate Downen 406-224-5056 or Kathy Weber 406-657-5915
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Jennifer Donohue•D.C. Press Secretary•U.S. Senator Max Baucus of Montana•202-224-2651•http://baucus.senate.gov