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Military wife receives gift from repair man who paid it forward


A military spouse was grateful after receiving an unexpected gift when her local repair man fixed her furnace free of charge.

Bridget Stevens’ husband is in the National Guard and is currently deployed overseas. One evening after returning to her Pittsburgh-area home, she realized her furnace was no longer working, as reported by ABC News.

After Bridget texted her husband looking for advice, she eventually called Betlyn Heating and Cooling in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. They came over right away.

The furnace was fixed quickly thanks to the owner Betlyn, who has been in the business for more than 30 years. The repair bill would have normally cost approximately $150, but Betlyn gave her a huge discount, writing that she owed $1, receiving a “deployment discount.”

“I was completely overwhelmed and in shock when Paul handed me the slip,” Stevens told the news station. “I didn’t really know what to say, and I still have a hard time finding the words to truly express my appreciation.”

Betlyn, 65, told a story about his grandfather who taught him the importance of giving back.

“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,” he explained. “And when I heard about Bridget with her husband being deployed…I put the milk on the table.”

Betlyn insisted that he didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. “I’m not the hero here. The deployed, they’re the heroes,” he clarified.

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