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Spartanburg firefighters remodel home for veteran moving to town

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Spartanburg firefighters work on the renovated home for a disabled Vietnam veteran. (Aug. 4, 2014/FOX Carolina) Spartanburg firefighters work on the renovated home for a disabled Vietnam veteran. (Aug. 4, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Spartanburg firefighters work on the renovated home for a disabled Vietnam veteran. (Aug. 4, 2014/FOX Carolina) Spartanburg firefighters work on the renovated home for a disabled Vietnam veteran. (Aug. 4, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Spartanburg firefighters work on the renovated home for a disabled Vietnam veteran. (Aug. 4, 2014/FOX Carolina) Spartanburg firefighters work on the renovated home for a disabled Vietnam veteran. (Aug. 4, 2014/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Spartanburg neighborhood will soon meet new residents moving into a home freshly renovated with the help of their local firefighters.

Spartanburg City firefighters are volunteering their time and supplies to help remodel a foreclosed house on Moxton Street.

It's all a way to honor a disabled veteran through the Purple Heart Homes organization.

The home was foreclosed on and donated by the bank. It's the one Navy veteran Jimmie Lea and his wife, Teresa, chose.

They will pay a subsidized mortgage through Purple Heart Homes, and they will be responsible for upkeep just as any homeowner.

Wounded in Vietnam, Lea has knee, back and other chronic illnesses.

Kevin Landry, project manager for Purple Heart Homes, said the firefighters removed carpet and are working to make the floors easy for him to maneuver on. He said every home the nonprofit "flips" has different needs.

"We hit the jackpot here with the fire department," said Landry, as the department donated labor, materials, community knowledge and connections for contractors.

Spartanburg firefighters volunteer whatever spare time they have, no matter their skill level.

The firefighters are still on duty as they work. They keep their radios on, with fire trucks out front, ready to go to any call that comes in.

Capt. Philip Starck headed up the project for the fire department.

"Mr. Lea's given his time to this country and he's served through the military," said Starck. "He did his time, and he's disabled now. He's asked Purple Heart for help; they've granted it. They've come and asked us for help, so it's good for us to give a little back and help others."

The firefighters have been working for almost a month. They hope to finish up by mid-September.

When they are ready to move in, Purple Heart Homes will host a "welcome home" party for the Leas, their new neighbors and the community that helped build their home.

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