Stateline Strong: Marine veteran receives free roof from Rockford contractor

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“There was a wall here that we took out,” explained Tyler Randalls as he walked around his new home.

It doesn’t look like much, but the exposed insulation and uncovered studs mark months of work for Randalls.

“It’s coming along,” said Randalls. The 25 year old’s deadline to turn the shell of a house into a home is in three months: his wedding day.

“So you’re trying to have this all ready to go by then?” asked Christie Nicks, Eyewitness News.
“Not trying, it’s going to be done by June 30th,” laughed Randalls.

Randalls’ sister Andrea Simmons knows how much work he’s poured into the place while also holding down a full time job in local law enforcement clocking 84 hours every two weeks.

So when Simmons spotted at TV ad for a recent contest put on by Randy Palmeri and Son Inc., asking for nominations for a veteran to win a new siding and roofing makeover, she answered.

“I was like, there’s no way he’s gonna win, but I’ll nominate Tyler for it,” laughed Simmons.

Not only is Randalls serving the Stateline as a police officer, he also served our country as a Marine for nearly five years.

“Both my grandparents were in the military [and] my dad was in the military,” said Randalls. “It was just something I always wanted to do.” It’s that service that led a big surprise. On Wednesday, Randalls was surprised outside his home by Randy Palmeri who informed him that he won the home makeover.

“I don’t know what to say,” smiled Randalls. But Palmeri knew exactly what he wanted to say with the gift to Randalls, “thank you.”

“Anything we can do to help a veteran that serves, protects us at night while we sleep in our beds, we want to repay,” said Palmeri.

Palmeri’s team is ready to get to work to build a better home for Randalls while he continues to build up our community through his law enforcement career.

“We’re here to serve the community,” said Randalls. “That’s truly what I do it for and what the guys I work with do it for.”

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