It's not unusual for first responders and government officials to assist when disaster strikes, but a South Pittsburg man wants to thank his mayor, Jane Dawkins, for personally helping him get back on his feet.
Brian Reed meets us just down the road from South Pittsburg City Hall.
He says, "We had a tree fall through it and destroy our trailer and we had nobody to help us. The police department let her know what was going on, so, she stepped up and got us a place to live, paid our bills for us. She just helped us tremendously."
A fast moving storm with powerful straight line winds smashed into Brian's home on February 20th, 2014.
"My wife said, 'Turn on the TV. Let's check the news'. When I reached down to turn on the TV, that's when the ceiling come in and hit us. It was devastating. I mean, to lose a home that we've had for ten years, and, in just an instant it was gone," he says.
Brian tells me it was Mayor Dawkin's quiet acts of kindness that saved him and his wife.
"We've never met her. We've talked to her a few times and she's special to us now. She's give us a home."
Brian chokes back tears as he tells me about one of his conversations with Mayor Dawkins. "She said, 'I will take care of all this out of my own pocket. She said, and, I will help ya'll, and the morning after if happened she stepped up like an angel."
It's finally time to count out our cash and head to City Hall.
Brian stands at the front of the room and greets the surprised mayor as she walks in, believing she's meeting with other local officials.
Shaking her hand he says, "I am Brian Reed."
Mayor Dawkins hugs him immediately and says, "Oh Brian!"
He replies, "Thank you for everything you've done. "I have something for you. On behalf of McMahan Law Firm and NewsChannel 9 I want to 'Pay it Forward' to you.
"Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness," she exclaims.
Counting out the five $100 bills he says again, "Thank you for everything you've done for us."
Mayor Dawkins smiles and says, "It was just that 'momma of the city' feeling that I get when folks are in need... We've been blessed. God had taken care of our needs through the years and we certainly want to pass it on."