Military Wife Says Repair Man Fixed Her Furnace for $1

February 7, 2016 Updated: September 5, 2017

A mother of two came home one day and realized her furnace was broken.

The temperature in her hometown in Pennsylvania got too cold for Bridget Stevens’ children and so she decided to call for help.

According to her Facebook post, she called Betlyn Heating and Cooling in Coraopolis, who subsequently came over to her house to fix the heater.

Stevens said that she normally asks her husband to fix such things. However, her husband is deployed overseas with the National Guard.

(Bridget Stevens/Facebook)
(Bridget Stevens/Facebook)


Stevens told the owner, Paul Betlyn, her predicament.

Betlyn, who has been in the business for 30 years, fixed her furnace in a short time and while the repair normally costs around $150, he decided to do it without charging her, ABC News reported. He wrote $1 on the bill, saying it was a “deployment discount.”

“[Betlyn] said that the $1 was a joke and to thank my husband for his service,” she said.

“I was completely overwhelmed and in shock when Paul handed me the slip,” Stevens told ABC News. “I didn’t really know what to say, and I still have a hard time finding the words to truly express my appreciation.”

Betlyn, 65, said that his grandfather taught him a long time ago that it’s important to help others.

“My grandfather was a milkman during the Great Depression and many times he’d go to the door and the woman didn’t have any money for milk. But the baby was crying in the background. So he’d put the milk on the table,” he told the broadcaster. “And when I heard about Bridget with her husband being deployed…I put the milk on the table.”

Betlyn said he’s no hero.

“I’m not the hero here. The deployed, they’re the heroes,” he explained.