NAPLES, Fla. - "People have been out working their whole lives, working hard and then just had some bad luck in their lives," said David Algers, the President of BASICS.
Paul Silvia's bad luck started in 2004 when he responded to a house fire in Somerset, Massachusetts, south of Boston.
"I was able to get a lot of the fire knocked down, then all of a sudden I heard what sounded like a freight train, and basically that was the whole floor underneath me into the basement," said Silvia.
The accident sent him to the hospital, the injuries forced him to hang up his uniform. Today, Silivia and his wife live in Naples and have slowly watched their ceiling fall apart. Something Silvia's health prevented him from fixing.
"Hes a fire fighter, he put his life on the line of duty, he didn't ask he just did it and he was hurt terribly in the line of duty. He can't continue being a fire fighter, can't continue a job, he's got heart conditions, breathing conditions," said Algers.
With the help of David Alger's organization called "BASICS," volutneers from Kelly Roofing and donations from local fire department, they all came together to fix Silvia's home.
"They're great people, we couldn't be giving this project to nobody better I don't think," said Richard Mccanna, the project supervisor with Kelly Roofing.
And their help has left Silvia overwhelmed with gratitude.
"It's just given me a whole different outlook on the human race. That strangers are all of a sudden there to help you," said Silvia.