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Community comes together help vet without hot water

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Dick Garner with his new hot water heater Dick Garner with his new hot water heater
SPOKANE, Wash. -

We first brought you a story on Friday about a local veteran who has fallen on hard times.  He has been without hot water for six months. 

After airing the story we received an overwhelming response from people all around the Inland Northwest wanting to help.  I compiled a list of all the names and gave them to Dick Garner and his neighbor, Keith Myers who has been helping him out.  Today Garner received a brand new hot water heater. 

"I'm getting all emotional," says Garner as he watched the water heater being unloaded from the truck.   

Thanks to Bill and Daphne Pulliam who own a plumbing company in Spokane Valley, Dick Garner will once again have hot water. 

Daphne saw the story on the news and called Bill and told him about Garner's situation.  The couple was among many good Samaritans who wanted to help. 

"If we can do something for anybody it's always a plus for any of us," says Bill Pulliam. 

After being installed by Myers, Garner says the first thing he plans to do is take a long, hot bath.    

"It's gonna be a blessing and I'm really going to enjoy it," says Garner.    

The outreach from the community put a smile back on the face of a man who was having a hard time seeing the good in people.  Garner says he is overwhelmed to see that so many people he never even met care about him. 

"When somebody reaches out to help me, I'm just blown away," says Garner.  "I'd like to thank everybody that offered to help and the ones that came through.  I didn't know this community was that loving.  I just love it." 

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