Renewed effort to raise funds for disabled army veteran

MIDDLEBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — At age 19, West Haven’s Army Spec. Sean Pesce decided to serve his country. It was a decision that forever changed his life.

“I’m paralyzed from the waist down pretty much,” said Spec. Pesce. “We had secured a rooftop to lock down a compound that we were investigating for terrorists. Some guy had woken up a window across from where we were and had opened fire on us and I had got hit 13 times.”

Thirteen bullets sent him to the hospital for over a year. He now uses a wheel chair to get around. With the help of donors, “Homes for our Troops” is working to build him a new handicap accessible home.

Pesce said, “Just having my own house and my own space that I can get to would just be really beneficial.”

It was Pesce’s story that inspired Naugatuck’s Pam Curley woman to ask the folks at La Bobadel to put a fundraising jar on the counter. They agreed and customers gave.

“They were busy in the back and they thought it was and I said no and then we realized it had been taken,” said Curley.

“I felt personally responsible because it happened in my store. It was terrible,” said Bobadel.

The owner of La Bobadel Aref Ahmed checked security cameras and no luck. They say about $40 was gone. Ahmed plans to file a police report.

“I couldn’t believe someone would take it and it was disappointing,” said Curley.

As soon as word spread about this thief so did the generosity. Ahmed gave and customers did too.

“A bunch of people came in this morning. So the supports been terrific,” said Ahmed.

Pesce. “I’m really grateful for you know everyone that helps. You know, how big or little it might be.”

Proving the greedy actions of one can be outshined by the generosity of many.

For more about Home for our Troops, click here.

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