Lt. Col. Jerome Gourley, U.S. Army Ret., Honored at Hurricane Valley Chamber Luncheon

Karen Straw, Patient Relations Coordinator at Summit Home Health & Hospice, paid tribute to Jerome Gourley at the HVCC luncheon meeting held on June 17, 2021.  Ms. Straw introduced Gourley by saying, “He has a tender heart, as most of us do, for our veterans.”

Lt. Col. Jerome Gourley, U.S. Army Ret., is the Hospice Chaplain for Summit Home Health and Hospice and also a Gold Star father.

On Feb. 22, 2006, his son, 38-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Gregson Gourley, was killed in Hawijah, Iraq about 150 miles north of Baghdad when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee during patrol operations.

“The death of a son is one of the hardest things to endure,” Gourley said.  To him, it seems like yesterday that his wife called and asked him to come home from a doctor’s appointment.  “When I got there the chaplain brought the bad news, not only to our family, but three others,” he said.

Also killed in the roadside bombing was Sgt. Rickey Jones, Pfc. Christopher Marion and Pfc. Allan Morr.

Gourley went on to say, “That was a tough day.  It’s still emotional to think about it.”

To honor veterans who are on hospice service with Summit Home Health and Hospice, Gourley established a military tribute for dying veterans BEFORE they pass.  The tribute provides a way for families of veterans to celebrate together prior to the death of their loved one.

“The honorary tribute has provided many wonderful experiences and memories for family members.  Each tribute is unique to that person and family and is a wonderful way to honor their service,” added Ms. Straw.

If you’re a veteran, be proud of your service and your legacy.  And if you know a vet, take a moment to say thanks for their sacrifice.  As Americans we all owe a debt to the military veterans who have made it possible for our way of life to endure.  And to Jerome Gourley, a heartfelt thank you for your service to our veterans and our country.

Hurricane Mayor John Bramall Honored at Hurricane Valley Chamber Luncheon

There are busy people and then there are non-stop, beyond busy people.  Mayor John Bramall, a beyond busy person, recently received the HVCC Random Recognition Award – an award reserved for the most dedicated members of the community.

Born in Payson, Utah, and raised in Provo, John excelled in sports and other interests.  He graduated from Brigham Young University, Cum Laude, in Therapeutic Recreation with an emphasis in Long-Term Care Administration and a minor in Gerontology.

Besides working as a rehabilitation and long-term care administrator, John has worked as a car mechanic, construction worker, and firefighter.  An owner of rehabilitation and long-term care facilities in Utah, he also owns a cattle business, hay farm, and local movie theater.  Oh, and did we mention he is currently serving his second term as mayor of Hurricane City?

John Bramall is no stranger to community service.  Prior to serving as mayor, he served on the Hurricane City Planning Commission and the Hurricane City Council.

When elected mayor, he set many goals – one being to bring a much-need hospital to Hurricane.  After years of strategizing and negotiating with hospital officials, he and Intermountain St. George Regional Hospital administration will break ground on June 16th for the new Intermountain Hurricane campus Emergency Room Facility – a starting point for a full-service hospital.

Some of Mayor Bramall’s accomplishments include improvements to Hurricane City infrastructure along with his work with state officials on the newly completed SR 7 Southern Parkway as well as SR 9 improvements.  Through his efforts and under his tenure as mayor, Hurricane City went from 3 to 16 city parks, including Grandpa’s Pond, Dixie Springs Park, and the Hurricane Dog Park, to name a few.  He helped negotiate the development of the Hurricane Industrial Park, including the expansion of Orgill, Litehouse Foods, and more.  He worked with UDOT to install new stop lights on SR 9 and is currently working with developers to insure well thought out, responsible growth.  He never complains about his time spent in meetings, at speaking engagements or community events.  He is a man of the people – a committed, dedicated, public servant.

Mayor Bramall and his wife have 6 children and 15 grandchildren.  Besides being a devoted husband, father, and grandpa, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and hiking.

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce thanks Mayor Bramall for his selfless service on behalf of the citizens and businesses of Hurricane and acknowledges his many accomplishments and sacrifices, all done for the good of the community.

Color Country Automotive + RV Honored as June 2021 Business of the Month

The Hurricane Valley Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Color Country Automotive + RV has been voted June’s Business of the Month.  They were also recognized as Business of the Month in April of 2019 – a testament to their quality repair and superior customer service.

This family-owned business is one of the leading auto shops in Hurricane, Utah.  Owners Dwaine and Joe Holland take great pride in providing the highest quality auto repairs for almost all makes and models of vehicles.  Color Country Automotive offers used car sales and tires from a variety of top brands, all at great savings.  The business has recently expanded to include RV sales, consignments, and repairs.

Customer Comments:
“How can I give 10 stars?  They are timely and efficient.  As a realtor I have referred them to all my buyers new to the area and have them listed on my Preferred Vendors list.  They have been my personal mechanics for several years.  Just turned 361,000 miles on my 2004 Titan!”

“All I can say is awesome!  These folks let you know exactly what is going on and how to properly fix it.  They will discuss options with you and do not mess around.  They talk plain and give examples.  They are top notch.”

Color Country Automotive + RV is located at 1551 West State Street in Hurricane, Utah.  Call (435) 414-9640 to schedule automotive repairs.  Color Country Automotive owners, Dwaine and Joe Holland will be honored at the HVCC luncheon meeting on June 17th, 2021.