In addition to heavy machinery, a handmade wooden American flag was auctioned off to benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program (TAPS), a national organization that offers compassionate care to the families of fallen soldiers. TAPS has provided aid to 85,000 surviving families, casualty officers and caregivers since its establishment in 1994. The brother of Tia Thomas, a valued member of the Jeff Martin Auction Company, was a soldier killed in action on June 20, 2012 near the Pakistani border. CEG
Here are a few members of the Jeff Martin Auctioneers team. (L-R) are Jason Stribling, Ryan Reed and Richard Smith.
(L-R) are Dru DuBois and Robbie Ervin of Hills Machinery, the Case dealer for the Carolinas; Stacy Foster, Foster Contracting in Seneca, S.C.; and Scott Langston, Langston Land Clearing in West Minister, S.C.
The auction included
Cat, John Deere and Komatsu dozers.
Rafael Maciel of San Jose Farm in Dallas, N.C., looked over several Cat Dozers and decided the D3K LGP machine would suit his needs.
Matt, Jason and Donald Payne of Dirt Works in Seneca, S.C., planned to bid on this Sakai padfoot roller.
Case, John Deere and Cat backhoes and wheel loaders were available
Evan and Gary Justus of Gary Justice & Son Grading in Mt. Rest, S.C., and Olin Parton of Parton Excavating, were looking over the excavators.
(L-R) are Jason Kirkland, Kirkland Logging in Bryson City, N.C.; Mike Shuler, Shuler Excavating in Bryson City, N.C.; and Lewis Parton, Parton Excavating in Bryson City, N.C.
Russ Meadows (L) and James Short of James Short Tractors in Carnesville, Ga., came to see if they could pick a few skid steer loaders.
Rodney Mattison of Mattison Grading in Anderson, S.C., came to buy a few mini-excavators and a compact track loader.
Tia Thomas poses next to a painting of her late brother, SFC Matthew Bradford “Brad” Thomas, and the handmade wooden American flag that was sold to benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program (TAPS) in his memory.