Mom-Of-Two Was Desperate When Her Furnace Broke, But A Local Repairman Fixed It Free Of Charge When He Learned She's A Military Wife
November 8, 2018 17:05 By Fabiosa
If there’s one view that all Americans have is common, then it’s their utmost respect for their great military. And when a serviceman or servicewoman is deployed overseas and isn’t around when their family needs help, someone will always step in and save the day.
A repairman’s kind and selfless act
When Bridget Stevens and her two young sons came back to their home in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, the woman found that their furnace wasn’t working.
It was very cold outside, and Bridget texted her husband Bobby, who was deployed overseas with the National Guard, asking him for instructions. Bobby tried to explain how to fix the problem, but when Bridget realized she wouldn’t be able to do it herself, she called Betlyn Heating and Cooling. The owner, Paul Betlyn, came to Bridget’s home and fixed the furnace in no time.
While Paul was working on the furnace, he and Bridget had a small talk. That’s when Paul learned she's a military wife.
Such a repair would have normally cost about $150, but Paul wrote Bridget a bill that amounted to $1. It was a “deployment discount,” Paul wrote in the bill.
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Bridget was very moved by Paul’s gesture. She told ABC News:
I was completely overwhelmed and in shock when Paul handed me the slip. I didn't really know what to say, and I still have a hard time finding the words to truly express my appreciation.
Speaking to ABC News, Paul explained his good deed by his good upbringing:
My grandfather was a milkman during the Great Depression and many times he'd go to the door and the woman didn't have any money for milk. But the baby was crying in the background. So he'd put the milk on the table. And when I heard about Bridget with her husband being deployed...I put the milk on the table.
Paul’s good deed didn’t go unnoticed at the state level. He received a Certificate of Recognition from Pennsylvania State Senator Guy Reschenthaler.
If more people were selfless and kind like Paul, the world would be a better place.