Local 'hero' Jim Finch Drove Out to Kentucky's Tornado-Hit Residents to Offer Food

A Kentucky-born man, Jim Finch, has been hailed as a hero after deciding to drive down to Mayfield and cook food for the people dealing with the aftermath of the tornadoes that struck the state over the weekend.

The total loss of life due to the tornadoes is still unclear and it is feared there could be as many as 100 people dead.

Journalist Victor Ordoñez posted two videos of him speaking with Jim Finch and praising him for the work he was doing for the community after the tornado.

The first video posted had the caption: "This man drove half an hour with a grill and a truckload of food and parked right in the middle of Mayfield Kentucky.

In the video, Finch said: "I know they don't have any electricity, so that means they don't have any restaurants, no running water so I just figured I would do what I could do, show up with some food and some water."

Ordoñez posted another video of him speaking to Finch and asking whether there was any specific reason he was helping.

Finch said: "We trying to feed the people. We got hamburgers, chicken, I got sausage, egg.

"Just real simple stuff you can have and not worry about making a mess, grab and go type of food."

Finch laughed and said no when he was asked whether he owned a restaurant and replied "it just needed to be done."

Finch has been praised on social media for his selfless act with some dubbing him a hero for dedicating his time and effort to helping others.

Former NBA player Rex Chapman quoted Finch in a post on his Twitter page and added: "This man's name is Jim Finch. Be like Jim Finch.

CEO of Verdant Medical, Tito Jackson, wrote on his Twitter: "Be like Jim Finch. Heroes don't always wear capes."

WFSBNew anchor Wendell Edwards continued the praise by sharing the story and writing: "Look for the helpers, you will always fine people who are helping - Mister Rogers".

President Joe Biden addressed the devastating weather and said he and the government will do all that can be done to help those in need at this time.

During his Saturday press conference on the matter, he said: "I'm monitoring the situation very closely since early this morning. This is likely to be one of the largest tornado outbreaks in our history.

"They lost their homes. They lost their businesses. Its a tragedy and we still don't know how many lives were lost or the full extent of the damage.

"But I want to emphasize what I told all the governors, the federal government will do everything, everything it can possibly do to help."

Biden closed his speech by asking for unity at this time and not to focus on differences of politics but rather the importance of helping one another.

He said: "I want folks in all these states to know: We're going to get through this. We're going to get through this together. And the federal government is not going to walk away.

"This is one of those times when we aren't Democrats or Republicans. Sounds like hyperbole, but it's real. We're all Americans. We stand together as the United States of America.

"And so, I say to all the victims, you're in our prayers, and all those first responders, emergency personnel, and everyone helping their fellow Americans; that this is the right thing to do at the right time, and we're going to get through this."

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Dozens of devastating tornadoes roared through five US states, leaving more than 80 people dead on December 11, 2021. CYRIL JULIEN/Getty Images