Good Day Alabama: Nov. 11, 2015

Good Day Alabama: Nov. 11, 2015

Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama:

JEH JEH LIVE - WBRC FOX6 recently ran the Operation: Room Retreat contest to give away a room retreat makeover for a military family who deserves it! We asked you to nominate veterans. Today we reveal the winner - Lisa and John Wippler of Oxford! John Wippler Gunnery Sgt., retired after 20 years in 2006. He had several back surgeries and suffers from Graves Disease. He and his wife, Lisa started Semper Fi Rescue in 2008- a not for profit dog rescue that they run and operate from their home.  So far they have saved over 1200 dogs from local high kill shelters.  John stays in the bedroom most days and nights in his recliner due to his severe pain and PTSD.  He passes the time by playing Xbox.  Lisa also served in the Marines. She nominated John for this contest. Join us Monday to see their reaction to the new room!

ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Dan Self from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the San Estaban Island Chuckwalla. For more information, visit

NOAH GALLOWAY - The National Veterans Day Parade presented by Protective Life marches through Downtown Birmingham at 1:30 p.m. today. Noah Galloway is the Grand Marshal for the parade. The Army veteran is best known from"Dancing with the Stars" where he took third place. A native of Birmingham, Sgt. Noah Galloway was assigned to the 1st of the 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Only three months into his second tour of duty, he experienced a life-changing injury. On December 19, 2005, Galloway lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an improvised explosive device attack. He was transported to Germany to receive medical treatment remaining unconscious for five days. Galloway woke up late on Christmas Eve to learn he lost two of his limbs and sustained severe injuries to his right leg and his jaw. Galloway was then transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.  After a long stint in recovery and rehabilitation, Galloway did what many disabled veterans do, becoming withdrawn, out of shape and depressed. But late one night, Galloway took a long look in the mirror and realized there was more to him than the injuries. And he set a goal to get back in shape, be healthier and inspire others. Now a personal trainer and motivational speaker. He continues to compete, participating in adventure races around the country, such as Tough Mudder, Spartan events, Crossfit competitions plus numerous 5K and 10K races. Noah is a sought after public speaker traveling across the country sharing his story, encouraging and motivating others. Noah's enthusiasm for life and his passion for helping others brings a unique perspective. For more information on Noah, visit For more information on the parade, visit

CLARE @ MONTEVALLO - Clare took us to the University of Montevallo where the Harman Hall Courtyard Sledge Memorial Outdoor Classroom will be dedicated later today. The ceremony will honor Dr. Eugene Sledge, an Alabama native, a United States Marine, Montevallo professor, and author. His 1981 memoir"With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa" chronicled his combat experiences during World War II and was subsequently used as source material for Ken Burns' PBS documentary, "The War," as well as the HBO miniseries "The Pacific," in which he is portrayed by Joseph Mazzello.

WWII SURVIVOR - Janice talked with Edgar Harrell about his story and his part in the book "Out of Depths: An Unforgettable WWII Story of Survival, Courage, and the Sinking of The USS Indianapolis." Marine survivor Edgar Harrell vividly describes the horrors of being plagued by sharks, hypothermia, severe dehydration and salt-water hallucinations. Edgar Harrell owned and operated the Pella Window Company, Inc., Rock Island, Illinois for thirty-five years until his retirement in 1985. During the years 1970 to 1985, he served on the board of trustees of the Moody Bible Institute, in Chicago, Illinois, and has been a popular Bible teacher and lay minister throughout his adult life. He has enjoyed many years of fishing and big game hunting in the Rocky Mountains from Alaska to New Mexico and currently resides in Clarksville, Tennessee with his wife Ola, together enjoying their two children, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. As a survivor of the USS Indianapolis, Mr. Harrell speaks extensively around the United States about his experience at sea. For more information, visit

J.R. MARTINEZ HOMES FOR VETS - This Veterans Day Honor our Heroes with Homes. Operation FINALLY HOME celebrates its 10th anniversary of building mortgage-free homes for America's military heroes and the widows of the fallen. Wounded U.S. Army Veteran J.R. Martinez discusses how Operation FINALLY HOME is helping get veterans' lives back on track after they return home. To learn more visit To commemorate its 10th anniversary, Operation FINALLY HOME is partnering with Sword & Plough, a retail company that works with veterans to make fashion bags from "upcycled" military surplus fabrics. Beginning on Veteran's Day, a limited edition Signature Urban Ruck will be available for purchase with 100 percent of net proceeds benefitting Operation FINALLY HOME. The initiative will raise funds and awareness for their cause, building mortgage-free homes for wounded, ill or injured veterans.

ASK THE DOCTOR - Robert Yoe, MD, a cardiologist at St. Vincent's East took viewer questions about cardiology and heart issues. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading killer of Americans today. Knowing more about heart disease and the signs and symptoms could increase your chances for surviving a heart attack and stroke. That's why St. Vincent's East wants you to know more, both about risks and about its complete cardiac services, should you need them.  Warning signs of a heart attack can include but are not limited to:

  • Discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts several minutes. It can feel like pressure, pain, or squeezing.
  • Not able to catch breath
  • Discomfort in other parts of the upper body
  • Cold sweat
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness

If you have these signs, call 911.  To learn more about St. Vincent's full range of cardiovascular services, visit

GARDENING - Bethany O'Rear, Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, discusses Pansy planting time. November is a prime time for planting pansies because of the cooler air! Pansies are a durable winter annual. They bloom through snowy blankets and single digit temps. They can freeze and start growing again when the temps warm. It is best to plant them in a bed that has been amended with peat moss or other forms of organic matter.  For new beds – add 3-4 inches of organic matter and mix to a depth of 8-12 inches. Eliminate any weeds growing in the area so that they don't compete with the newly planted pansies. They aren't heavy feeders like our summer annuals.  Fertilize them with a slow release fertilizer at planting and again in late winter when growth starts to take off again. They will grow in partial shade, but flower best in 6-8 hours of full sun. You can plant them as drifts of single colors or masses of several colors mixed together. They only get 8-10 inches tall and wide so plant them 6-8 inches apart so that they will fill in the area nicely. Lay them out before you plant to make sure you get the correct spacing.  When laying out annuals be sure to leave them in their containers.  It is a bad habit to take them out of the container and lay them out because the roots dry out quickly. If you don't have room for an in-ground planting, they do great in containers or window boxes. They look great with violas, ornamental cabbages and kale.

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Jeh Jeh is on one of his favorite assignments of the year... he catches up with the folks from Glenwood for the annual pecan sale! Our psychologist offers advice on dealing with anger management! Tomorrow is World Pneumonia Day. Do you know just how dangerous it is? We find out! Special concerts are in town this week and down the road. We get the scoop! Plus we introduce you tour Pet of the Week! Join us for this and much more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!