Volunteers help family of Navy Yard victim

ANNANDALE, Va. (WUSA9) -- On one of the coldest march mornings in memory, a dozen volunteers swarmed inside and outside an Annandale home, swinging hammers and sawing door frames.

They are replacing damaged dry wall in the basement and hanging new doors. The home belongs to the Bodrog family. Martin Bodrog, a husband and father to three daughters, was killed in the Navy Yard shootings last September.

Neighbor and friend John Rutherford said "Marty" was a very big guy but gentle and caring with a servant's heart.

Martin Bodrog, a graduate of the Naval Academy, had a 22-year career in the U.S. Navy.

The USS Sommerset, commissioned over the weekend was one of Bodrog's last projects. After retiring as a Commander from the Navy, he continued in the Navy as a Civilian, overseeing the design and procurement of several ships.

The Chapel on the U.S.S. Summerset is named after Bodrog.

Immediately after the Navy Yard shooting, neighbors started bringing food over, then doing yard work. Then they noticed a crack in the foundation. They neighbors went to Home Depot to ask for discounts on materials, and Home Depot came back with a whole lot more.

The Home Depot Foundation donated more than $6,000 and then 30 volunteers from the company "Team Depot" signed up to help.

The Home Depot Annandale Assistant Store Manger Avery Moffett said when Rutherford asked him for help, "We jumped at the opportunity to come and help him out."

And, if the tables were turned and someone else's family needed help, Rutherford says Marty Bodrog would be the first one here.

"There's so much bad in the world, but there's a lot of good, too. Our faith says God takes a tragedy and makes good out of it and today made something good. It doesn't lessen the pain, but it proves that good comes from good people who stand up," said Rutherford, one of the many volunteers from Immanuel Bible Church who have been fixing up Bodrog's home.

Written by Peggy Fox


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