October 4, 2013 10:51 AM
UPDATED 10/30/203: Bryan Hutton's Jeep Wrangler
-- Stomper -- is done and ready for
There’s something special about the communities that develop
around our brands. There’s a strong sense of unity and of
looking out for each other.
So, it’s no surprise that when the Jeep® Wrangler owned
by Bryan Hutton was damaged during the May 20, 2013, EF-5 tornado
that struck Moore, Okla., the Jeep community came through after
learning about Hutton’s selfless acts that day.
'It's just what Oklahomans
Hutton and his 2½-year-old son were visiting family in
Moore, Okla., when the tornado hit. (Hutton’s wife Brenda, a
USAF Major, was in Afghanistan at the time.)
Upon exiting a neighbor’s shelter, where Hutton, his son and
others rode out the storm, Hutton said he was in
“When I opened the shelter door, the storm was only a block
or so passed us. There was large debris being tossed out toward us.
I remember feeling very alone in those first few seconds due to the
lack of life signs in my immediate vicinity. It looked like a scene
from an apocalyptic summer blockbuster movie, very surreal. I
immediately set off to help people from that moment.”
Bryan Hutton's 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was damaged from
the Moore, Okla., tornado -- but it was unstoppable as Bryan used
it to help remove debris and assist those in need after the tragic
storm. (Image courtest of Bryan Hutton)
Hutton was able to get his 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, nicknamed
Stomper, out of his parents’ garage. Despite damage to it,
Hutton and Stomper worked tirelessly and without fail to rescue
people from the debris that had fallen around them. Stomper cleared
roads and helped transport those who were injured.
“Setting off to help others came naturally,” Hutton
said. “It's just what Oklahomans do. The entire time that we
were in the neighbors’ below-ground shelter, the only thing I
could think of was everyone that was above ground at the mercy of
such a powerful storm. I actually felt guilty for being
'Bryan’s story is simply
Zimmer Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, along with Crocker
Off-Road Performance, Kustom
Koachworks and many
others, have donated time and/or equipment to rebuild Stomper,
as a way of saying thanks to Hutton for his efforts.
“Bryan’s story is simply amazing,” said Zimmer
CDJR Internet/Social Media Manager Lee Fogel. “I was
following the story on Facebook and, after seeing the aftermarket
community rally to save Stomper, I approached Catherine Zimmer, our
CEO, and told her what was going on and asked if we could help out.
“We knew that at some point they would need OE parts.
Catherine and I felt very strongly about their story and wanted to
do our part as a respected franchise for CDJR. So, she said,
‘Let's help out.’”
Hutton added that, “The outpouring of support has been
“When Camp Crocker first called and told me what the plan
was, I told him to find someone who didn't have insurance to do a
rebuild for. It was then that Crocker told me of how
Stomper’s story was already inspiring people from all over
the country to help the good people of Moore. Once I had seen this
myself, I agreed to save Stomper.”
For details on Hutton’s deeds and the effort to rebuid
Stomper, see C4x4’ story or the Kustom Koachworks blog.
See Facebook for the latest on The Rebuilding of Stomper.
If you're headed to SEMA 2013 next month,
you'll be able to see Hutton's rebuilt Stomper for yourself at Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge, South Hall. Above is an
illustration, courtesy of Joel
Bewley/ Bewley Design