SWFL man restores photos damaged by Hurricane Irma

Posted at 10:49 PM, Sep 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 06:45:50-04

ALVA, Fla. — Many people from across the state lost sentimental belongings because of Hurricane Irma.

One man knows how important family photographs are. He wants to help give hurricane victims something utility trucks, insurance companies, and FEMA can’t: their memories.

“I like doing it,” said John Redman, as he sat by his work station in his Alva home. “Now that Hurricane Irma showed up, a lot of people lost a lot of memories,” he added.

Redman started his crusade on the street he lives on. At first he had to win over a few people who were critical if photo restoration was even possible.

“A little skepticism because they didn't think you can do it,” said Redman.

However, his neighbors changed their tone once they saw the transformation.

“You know sometimes the tears flow,” said Redman. “It just gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling,” he added.

He wants to offer his services to people who were impacted by Hurricane Irma.

“If people can’t afford to have it done,” said Redman. “They just have to call me and I’ll do it for them,” he added.

Redman says he can restore a photograph even if it is torn or water damaged. He just needs enough of the picture to put the puzzle pieces back together.

“I can get it back as long as I have half of it,” said Redman.