Father, son return to Northeast Wisconsin after helping victims of Hurricane Matthew


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – A father and son duo from Northeast Wisconsin have finished their Red Cross deployment. It was 10 days of helping victims of Hurricane Matthew.

This was the third time Dennis Nagan left Wisconsin to help those in need, but this time, it was a bit more special.

“This time was different that having my son along, who is very good with maps and his high tech phone,” he said. “We were sent out a lot with a palate of water and a palate of MRE, which is the meal ready to eat, military.”

Dennis said there’s no way this trip would have been the same. He and his son Jesse made a good team.

“Jesse was great, and we did that. I’d be in the back and put the stuff on the tray and let him deal with the people, and he had a big smile on his face. He really enjoyed making them smile,” said Dennis Nagan.

As a team, they helped feed thousands of people, some left with nothing after Hurricane Matthew.

“For someone like me who’s been with Red Cross for many years, when I hear those stories, it energizes me as well, and it makes me think of how great our volunteers are,” said Steve Hansen, Chapter Executive for Red Cross Northeast Wisconsin.

Dennis said there’s nothing like seeing this kind of devastation in person. About 80 volunteers from Wisconsin have been helping Hurricane Matthew relief efforts.