Joe Epping is getting a new roof, some peace of mind, and a long-overdue thank-you for his work in serving the community.
Epping, a Kenosha Fire Department firefighter, and local coach won the Dick’s Roof Repair Service contest awarding a free roof to a local first responder. Dick’s President Jeff Milkie informed the Eppings this week.
“It was incredible. I was at a loss for words — I still am,” Epping said on Thursday. “It’s a great opportunity. It will help out my family so much. And with the way the world is now, it’s nice to see something like this can happen.”
It’s going to a much-deserving family, and it’s especially sweet now for Epping, whose wife is in school and gave birth to their first child less than a year ago.
Epping is a Kenosha native and graduate of Tremper High School, where he played football and wrestled. He played football and rugby at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and has stayed closely connected to sports ever since, coaching football at Lance Middle School and football and wrestling at Westosha Central High School until taking the last year off with the birth of his daughter.
Epping joined the Kenosha Fire Department more than seven years ago — along with Kyle Dahl, who nominated him for the free roof award. (“The fact he thought enough of me to nominate me makes me appreciative I have guys like that in my life.”)
In the nomination, “(Dahl) said (Epping) is the kind of guy who gives to everyone else and doesn’t ask for anything in return. He always gives to others first,” Milkie said.
Now Epping is getting some well-earned help.