Exterior of home for injured soldier rapidly taking shape in Trussville
The exterior of a home for a severely wounded soldier rapidly took shape this morning on a knoll in a Trussville subdivision.
The sound of hammers was steady as "a build brigade" of about 100 framers, roofers, carpenters and other volunteers went to work on the barrier-free house for Army Staff Sgt. Scot Noss and his wife RyAnne.
Shortly before 9 a.m., RyAnne Noss joined in the effort to raise a front wall in the house. Some of her husband's fellow Army Rangers were up from Fort Benning, Ga., to lend a hand and more were expected during the build brigade's weekend of work on the house.
Shortly before the building began in earnest, Noss said God had not yet blessed her husband with recovery from the severe traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury in he suffered three years ago when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was a passenger crashed in southeastern Afghanistan.
But with a catch in her voice, she said it was a miracle to see so many people working so he could come home.
"You'll never know how special this is for us," the Shades Valley High and Auburn graduate said.
By day's end, builders expect the home's roof to be in place.
General contractor Stephen Ray, a Marine veteran heading up the building brigade, said by the end of the weekend, all the walls will be up and weatherproofed and the roof will be shingled.
Ray said the home should be completed by mid-May.
"We're on a tight timeline following the build brigade," Ray said. "We have mechanical and plumbing contractors, electrical contractors already scheduled ... on back to back weekends, beginning next week."
The home is a project of Homes for Our Troops, a nonprofit organization that provides special homes for severely wounded service members.
The build brigade is hosted by Homes for Our Troops and the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation.
The house is on a site of nearly one acre in the Rivercrest subdivision, and will overlook a small lake.