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Former World War II sailor gets new roof

Posted at 3:33 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 19:28:23-04

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — An Overland Park man spent part of his life serving the county. Now, his community is stepping up to make sure he is protected. 

Francis Giles, 92, served in the Navy ago during World War II on the USS Lexington.

Seventy years later, Giles is in dire need of a new roof - a roof he says hasn't been touched since 1985. 

On Tuesday, dozens of people stood outside Giles' home waiting to surprise him with good news. 

"I knew something was going to happen, but I didn't know for sure what," said Giles. 

Every quarter, Garen Armstrong, Owner of Shamrock Roofing and Construction, is giving away a free roof to a veteran or first responder in need. 

"He was nominated to us by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association," said Armstrong. "It's vets helping vets. It's what we do."

Armstrong could also use a little help himself. For the past seven months, a battery pack has kept his heart pumping. 

"Just waiting on an O-positive heart," said Armstrong. 

While he waits to receive the phone call, Armstrong plans to give back to people just like Giles. 

"I like to donate and I've never been in the position to receive a donation, so donate life and pay it forward," said Armstrong. 

Roofing materials are in place and work is set to begin Wednesday. Giles said he's eager to get started. 

"They'll probably bring an extra hammer and I'll help," said Giles. 

Shamrock Roofing and Construction also partners with Cars 4 Heroes, a non-profit that donates used cars to veterans in need. The organization plans to give away 35 cars by December 21.