“It’s more about respect,” Man who overheard hurtful comment takes matters into his own hands

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PENDLETON, Ore. – Every day, Josh Cyganik waves to 75-year-old Leonard Bullock on his way to work.

For the past four years, Cyganik says he has seen Bullock sitting on his front porch.

“He sits on that front porch all day long,” Cyganik told the Union Pacific Railroad. “I never talked to him. Not until I heard what those two kids said.”

In July, Cyganik says he overheard two teenagers discussing how Bullock’s home should be burned to the ground because it is in such bad shape.

“I saw the look on Leonard’s face. I could tell the comment bothered him,” Cyganik said. “I don’t think any elderly person should have to endure what I heard from those two kids’ mouths. I kind of stewed about it for a couple days before I decided to do something.”

Cyganik recruited a few co-workers to help in his quest to fix up Bullock’s home.

The group began seeking donations and volunteers.

According to the railroad, about 100 volunteers showed up to lend a helping hand.

The house was given a new coat of paint and an area business is helping to construct a new porch. Other volunteers reportedly purchased new outdoor furniture.

“It was a random act of kindness, but to me, it’s more about respect,” Cyganik said. “I was raised to respect the people who came before you, to help others out who don’t have much. Leonard can now sit on his front porch for the rest of his years while feeling good about his home.”

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