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Spokane strangers restore heartbroken veteran's yard

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Two strangers are both heroes in their ways. They have united to remind us all, our community is an incredible place.

"My folks were very patriotic," said Larry Sterling. "My dad was in both the Army and the Navy at different times."

For Sterling, it was never a matter of if he'd serve our country, but more of how soon he could do it.

"I was in the Airforce," he said.

His beloved American flag waves proudly in the wind outside his West Central home. But what's below it, breaks his heart.

"I'm ashamed to have my friends over to visit," he said. They have to fight their way through the jungle to get to the door. I used to have people stop and say I had the prettiest yard in the neighborhood. Now I have the ugliest. It's really hurting my soul."

It's been over devastating health diagnosis after another for Larry. His yard left feeling the pain too.

"I get vertigo if I even try bending over," he said. "I just fall down.

He tried to hire someone to help, but they never showed up again.

"More than one person has turned it down because it's so much work," he said.

That's when he made a post on the "Nextdoor" app asking his neighbors for suggestions. What he got, was his new hero, Caleb Nichols.

"He's just a neighbor and he needed some help," Nichols said.

Nichols, who's dealing with some traumatic health news of his own, recently opened up a C and K Affordable Window Cleaning. While landscaping is not his expertise, helping people out is. He completed the job, with a little help from his 14-year-old son, for free.

"I just want to help," he said. "I want him to have his yard back. That's all."

The men told Hayley Guenthner they were searching for some lava rocks to complete the project. Hayley told the owner of the General Store about the story and he provided 10 bags free of charge. He too told Hayley, "it just felt like the right thing to do."

"I just love Spokane," Sterling said.

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