Retired firefighter gets a $13,000 gift
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NAPLES, Fla.- We are telling you something good. There are plenty of generous hearts in Collier County. A Southwest Florida roofing company along with others are giving back to a firefighter who had a building collapse on him during a fire when he worked in Massachusetts.
Paul Silvia stressed over his home's leaky roof for months.
"I was going to do that myself because again we had tried to get the money to get the roof done," Paul Silvia, a retired firefighter from Massachusetts.
It would cost more than $10,000 to replace the roof on Silvia's Naples home.
The added stress put extra strain on his heart. He suffered 2 heart attacks and after being in the hospital the doctors told him to take it easy. It was difficult for Silvia since he worked 3 jobs when he lived in Massachusetts. For nearly 2 decades, he fought fires with the Somerset Fire Department. He retired in Naples after being injured when a building collapsed on him during one of his calls.
"All of a sudden I heard what sounded like a freight train and that's when everything started to go first the floor and I ended up sliding down the floor into the basement down 8 feet," said Silvia.
Tables have turned now for a man who is always use to giving and a group called BASICS (Brothers and Sisters in Common Spirit) want to return the favor. The group raises money for home improvement projects and teamed up with Kelly Roofing in Naples.
Now Paul and his wife are getting the $13,000 dollar roof for free.
"It's very rewarding to give back especially when he's donated his entire life to helping other," said
Ken Kelly, Kelly Roofing.
A well-deserved favor for a man who risked his life for property and most importantly people.
"Getting the roof started is alot of relief on me," said Silvia.