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Volunteers help put up house as part of September 11 Day of Service in Iowa City

A new home for a low-income family was built in observation of Friday's National Day of Service and Remembrance

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University of Iowa Police Officer Travis Tyrrell (right) helps Amar Hammad of Iowa City erect a support beam at the Iowa Valley Habitat’s Women Build construction site for Hammad’s future home in Iowa City on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. Hammad and his wife, Muna, originally from Sudan, came to the U.S. with their 4 children in 2010 and became naturalized American citizens in May. For more information on volunteering on this Habitat for Humanity project, which will be under construction through the fall, visit the local chapter’s website: www.iowavalleyhabitat.org/volunteer (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
University of Iowa Police Officer Travis Tyrrell (right) helps Amar Hammad of Iowa City erect a support beam at the Iowa Valley Habitat’s Women Build construction site for Hammad’s future home in Iowa City on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. Hammad and his wife, Muna, originally from Sudan, came to the U.S. with their 4 children in 2010 and became naturalized American citizens in May. For more information on volunteering on this Habitat for Humanity project, which will be under construction through the fall, visit the local chapter’s website: www.iowavalleyhabitat.org/volunteer (Adam Wesley/The Gazette)
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Area law enforcement officers from four local agencies joined volunteers today to help construct a new home for a low-income family in observation of Friday’s National Day of Service and Remembrance.

The house is being built for Amar and Muna Hammad and their 4 children. Originally from Sudan, they moved to the U.S. in 2010 and became naturalized American citizens in May.

The National Day of Service encourages all Americans to engage in charitable service in tribute to the victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Off-duty officers from Coralville, North Liberty, and the University of Iowa Police Department, along with a deputy from the Johnson County Sheriff’s office, volunteered for shifts to help out during the first day of volunteer construction.

In addition, the North Liberty Optimist Club loaned two of its “Avenue of Flags” poles and flags to celebrate the occasion, and Johnson County Supervisor Terrence Neuzil will join area volunteers in provided a barbecue lunch for all volunteers.

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