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Airway Heights tow truck driver helps fellow veteran in need

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AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. -

Thieves will target anyone, anywhere. One Spokane man knows that all too well, as his car has been stolen three times from his retirement community parking lot. This last time, his car was impounded and he was responsible for the big bill to get it out. That's when his loved ones said "Help me Hayley."

"I was walking okay, until about a year ago," said Gary Rowberry.

It's been a tough few months for Gary.

"My car was always all locked up," he said. "Every single time."

Not only has he had some medical issues, but thieves are continuing to target his beloved car.

"The words I have about this cannot be used on TV," he said.

The first two thefts, Gary said he got relatively lucky. He was notified his car was recovered with enough time to pick it up, before impound. This third time, however, was certainly not a charm.

"My bill is, last I heard, about $300," he said. "That's what I live on every month."

"We have a lot of stolen (cars) up here," said Jon Hook with APB Auto Parts. "Everyone is surprised that when they get impounded, they're liable for them."

And that's the case for Gary. A family friend reached out to KHQ's Hayley Guenthner, desperate for some help. Hayley went with Gary to APB Auto Parts in Airway Heights to see what could be done.

Within minutes, staff said they were waiving all fees. Even Hook, the driver who works on commission, didn't want Gary to pay a dime. Hook's reason for doing so was simple.

"Because he's a veteran," he said.

Hook, also a veteran, said it was his pleasure to help out someone in need during the holiday season.

"These are great people," Gary said. "I'm going to tell you right now."

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