On Saturday June 1, Army Pfc. Melody Cubero got a wonderful surprise. She came home on leave to her truck fully refurbished. The truck originally belonged to her brother. Three months short of completing his second tour in Iraq, Cubero's brother Army Sgt. Robert Surber was killed when a roadside bomb exploded June 3, 2007, near the Humvee he was driving.
To fulfill her brother's dream of serving her country, Cubero enlisted in the Army and left her brother's truck — which she drove — with her father Raymond Cubero.
While Cubero was away, her father was in a minor fender-bender, but his insurance policy didn't pay enough to cover the costs.
The community came together to contribute their time and money to provide Melody with a fully restored truck. The responsibility of Macdonald TopLine Specialties was to provide all the paint, clear, primer, body fillers, and the logo's of the Service Patches.
A design was created of military but personal touch. Incorporated was a painted on stripe, red and yellow, that matches both the division patches. The tailgate was sent to an airbrush artist to duplicate a tattoo Robert Surber acquired while on tour using the same colors.