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Pasco business helps rebuild veteran's pool cage after possible tornado

Posted at 4:16 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 18:14:03-05

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — When a line of storms came through New Port Richey a few weeks ago, trees weren’t the only things knocked down.

“The next thing I know I was flat on my face,” said Donald Benson.

It takes more than a possible tornado to hurt this Korean War veteran. But those winds did take out two of his trees.

One of them smashed through the pool cage.

He and his wife of had no idea how they’d ever afford to get it fixed.

“We looked at each other and said it’s going to have to stay that way because we just didn’t know what we were going to do,” said Bobbie Jean Benson.

But then something they never expected happened.

Team Farrell Construction continued a Veteran’s Day tradition and came to the rescue.

“I think it was a surprise to him. Just a bunch of guys in white trucks and blue stripes showing up to his house saying 'hey we want to come do some work for you,'” said Team Farrell’s Goose Galatolo.

At no cost, Farrell organized a pool cage rebuild.

Wednesday, the guys from Fresh Clean Re-screens are finishing the job.

“My God I’m just utterly amazed. I’m totally awed that they would do this for somebody they didn’t know and a veteran,” said Donald.

“It’s an honor to do what we can do to help them and get him back on his feet. Whether it’s a birdcage or rebuilding screens, whatever needs to be done,” said Galatolo.

“There’s no words to say to thank them for everything they’ve done for us,” said Bobbie Jean Benson.

The Benson’s are thankful for 52 years of marriage, their kids and grandkids, and this year, a group of people they didn’t even know.