Naplate and Ottawa mark one year since the tornado

Naplate and Ottawa mark one year since the tornado

Long Term Relief Fund Chairperson Alexis Ferracuti says a recovery the experts said would take three or four years is on track to take just a year-and-a-half. So far, she has helped oversee $291,000 in spending from $301,000 in donations for Naplate-Ottawa tornado relief.

Alexis Ferracuti talking to tornado anniversary crowd

Ferracuti estimates it’ll take another $25,000 to finish recovery spending in about six months. Donations are still being accepted at www.srccf.org. Or call the Peter Ferracuti Law Firm at 815-434-3535

Naplate Fire Chief John Nevins credits Naplate’s quick recovery to the late Mayor Jim Rick.

Left to right: late mayor Jim Rick’s brother Bob Rick, Naplate Fire Chief John Nevins, Naplate Mayor Gary Mooney

One moment of silence at the anniversary gathering in Naplate last night was for Rick. Another was for Wayne Tuntland and his son-in-law D.J. Johnson, who were killed when the tornado knocked over a tree on Ottawa’s south side. Dave Johnson, Sr. recalled it.

D.J. Johnson was Brianna Laura’s uncle.

Brianna Laura with pictures of her uncle D.J. Johnson

Johnson’s husband Toby Tuntland survived.

Toby Tuntland (left) and D.J. Johnson

A monument commemorating the coming together of two communities will be placed soon on the Ottawa-Naplate boundary.

The tornado commemorative marker stone to be placed at the Naplate-Ottawa boundary.