“April’s Hero” is the story of Robert Reed, the ultimate first responder after the April 27th, 2011 tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The tornado created a six-mile path of destruction and left 52 dead, but Reed pulled twelve of his neighbors from the rubble, throwing refrigerators and hot water heaters off of them. Reed moved into Crescent Ridge Mobile Home Estates in Tuscaloosa County in 2009. Residents were wary of him because of his background, but like many other times in his life, Reed won them over with his hard work ethic. He was hired as the park’s manager a year later. Since the tornado, people have come to his aid, donating equipment for his landscaping business and land for a new home. Reed lost everything in the storm, but is optimistic in trying to rebuild his life for his family and his reputation. Reed doesn’t want people to be intimidated by his muscular physique from his extensive workout routine or make assumptions about him because he spent time in prison. His heroic act is proof of his true altruistic character.
The filmmaker, Dwight Cammeron is a long-time friend and colleague of mine and this is a very inspiring film. For more information, visit Dwight’s website.