SWEETWATER (WATE) – No home building job is too large or too small for Pete Hess, a longtime volunteer with Monroe County’s Habitat for Humanity.
He is dependable, and a joy to be around. Just ask the young man who nominated Hess for the WATE 6 On Your Side Hero Award.
“Pete’s always been a real selfless person. I mean from the first time I met him, he has a big smile on his face,” said Joshua Powers.
Hess has a lot of friends of all ages. Several came out to a home rehab project in Sweetwater to congratulate Hess on the award. There’s something else about Hess that sets him apart. He is battling cancer, but it isn’t slowing him down.
“Somebody like Pete that has cancer, even during that last build that we did-we were pushed for time and he was willing to come down and just make a difference,” said Danny Strickland with Habitat for Humanity.
One of Hess’s six children says his dad always taught by example. “He instilled in me and my brothers and sisters the work drive, the compassion for people. I think all of my brothers and sisters would say the same thing,” Ron Hess said.
Hess’s patriotism is evident, too. He helps teach proper retirement of the American flag as a charter member of the Civitan Club.
Hess explained why he has such a giving spirit.
“I figure I owe something back to people, so I can help people, and that’s what I do,” Hess said with a smile.
He and his wife Sandee have been married for 56 years. Until a few years ago, they spent a lot of time traveling the country helping build Habitat homes – nearly 80 in all. In the process, they have changed a lot of lives for the better.
Congratulations, Pete Hess, for always going above and beyond to help others.
Monroe County’s Habitat for Humanity is looking for more volunteers like Hess. For more information, call (423) 442-8886.