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SBA Recognizes Two Kentuckians for Their Outstanding Disaster Recovery Efforts.

ATLANTA -- The U.S. Small Business Administration's Field Operations Center - East (FOCE) provides federal disaster assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes in the eastern half of the country. Each year they search for candidates to honor with their Perseverance Award. The candidates are business owners, public officials and/or volunteers who displayed selflessness, determination and resolve in the aftermath of a disaster.

"The Perseverance Award is an acknowledgement of an individual's effort and recognition of the contributions they make toward the recovery of their communities," said Frank Skaggs, Director of SBA's Disaster Field Operations Center in Atlanta. "Each of the recipients displayed tremendous courage and resourcefulness in the disaster's aftermath, which exemplifies the spirit one must have to recover."

Perseverance Award winners:

* Clark Durham- Rodgers Auto Parts, Inc., Liberty, KY - In May, 2010 catastrophic flooding occurred in Liberty impacting 45 businesses. As the rains began Durham stacked inventory on high shelves to prevent any loss to the inventory of this business that had been in the family over four decades. Despite his best efforts, the flood waters damaged the inventory, machinery and building. Durham received help from his suppliers, loyal customers, volunteers and SBA disaster assistance program. For his dedication toward rebuilding and keeping the doors of his business open while maintaining his staff, Durham earned the Perseverance Awardfor a business owner whose company recovered from a significant disaster-related loss.

* Scotty Maddix- Grahn, KY - In July, 2010 the Maddix' awoke to the sound of flowing water. When Maddix further investigated he realized that flood waters surrounded his home. Despite the fact that the water was already shoulder deep, Maddix was able to evacuate his family to higher ground. Despite the darkness, they realized there would be little left of their home and possessions when daylight came. Trying to comfort his family, Maddix heard a neighbor call out for help. Although exhausted, Maddix went down the mountain into the flood water. There were no lights so he was only guided by a voice. When it was all said and done Maddix had saved his wife, their seven children, three neighbors, a cat and dog. Although the family was displaced for several months, they are now in a new home.

For his heroic lifesaving effort, Maddix is deserving of the Perseverance Award for a private citizen whose efforts greatly contributed to the recovery of a disaster affected community.

The SBA makes low-interest, taxpayer-backed disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations of all sizes. More information about the disaster assistance program is available at

For more information about the SBA's Disaster Loan Programs, visit our website at

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