A roof craftsman at Hammond-based Kornelis Roofing, who served in the Iraq War, won the distinguished Best of the Best Award from the National Roofing Contractors Association and featured on the duvet of Professional Roofing Magazine, in which he was written up in a six-web page spread.
“Out of the hundreds of roofers throughout North America, Brandon gained the highest award any roof artisan can win,” Kornelis Roofing President Pete Kornelis stated. “Brandon turned into venerated on the National Roofing Contractors Association Convention in Nashville this 12 months and obtained a standing ovation from over 700 friends.”
Reese, a foreman for Kornelis Roofing, was named Best of the Best based totally on his selfless service and “excellent contributions to the roofing industry,” in keeping with the National Roofing Contractors Association.
He was deployed to Iraq in 2008, where he survived an improvised explosive device while inside the gunner’s automobile hatch.
“The subsequent factor I recognize, Brandon is back at the gun scanning for targets,” his squad leader, now Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jered Stetter, informed Professional Roofing Magazine. “For a short moment, I had the conclusion Brandon had no longer only taken a blast but took the brunt of the blast to his face—by and large percussion and non-injuring—and but there he changed into shielding me so I ought to do my activity and now not sweat the enemy drawing close. This is a conventional case of the utmost bravery, loyalty, and selflessness provider, which many on the civilian side will by no means come upon. If one component has ever been real, it’s miles that I owe a debt of gratitude to Brandon Reese.”