GR8 Inspiration: Tampa firefighter honored for saving neighbor’s life

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Tampa Firefighter Luigi Young is being honored again for saving the life of his neighbor while off duty in Ruskin.

This time, Homes for Heroes in Tampa is presenting Young with it’s prestigious Hero Award.

Homes for Heroes is a national organization that has helped over 22,000 heroes and has given back over $32 million across the country.

Young now joins the ranks for jumping into action when he came home Christmas Day after working a long night at a Tampa Fire Station and saw his neighbors house on fire.

He went in and out of the house several times before finding a man inside.

“Once they said he was inside, I knew it was going to get worse the longer we waited, so I went in a third time and that’s when I found him,” said Young.

The scary part is smoke had already filled the home and Young’s neighbor seemed lifeless.

“He wasn’t responding when I got inside, I was trying to ask him “Aare you OK?’ but he didn’t answer me, so I lifted him up and brought him outside. He was still breathing but he wasn’t alert,” Young went on to say.

Young is receiving this great honor and award in recognition for his unwavering commitment to the community and his selfless actions going above and beyond the call of duty. He recently received Tampa’s Firefighter of the Quarter Award as well as the Governor’s Award for his Heroic Actions.

Homes for Heroes’ mission is to provide extraordinary savings and services to heroes who provide extraordinary services to our nation and its communities every day. Heroes include: firefighters, law enforcement, military, healthcare workers, EMS and teachers. In addition to the Hero Rewards savings, every time heroes use Homes for Heroes, they also help other heroes. A portion of Homes for Heroes’ earnings is donated to the Homes for Heroes Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) that provides assistance to heroes in need.

“We’re committed to giving back, serving and saying thank you to our local community heroes because they do so much to make our great community what it is today. They unselfishly serve and sacrifice for our communities and are excited to be able to give back and say thank you in such a meaningful and positive way,” says Celeste Taylor Kerina, local Homes for Heroes community advocate. 

Homes for Heroes, Inc., was established shortly following the tragic events of 9/11 as a way to give back and say “Thank You” to our nation’s heroes. Homes for Heroes is the largest nationwide network of affiliate real estate specialists, lending specialists and local businesses who provide easy ways for firefighters, law enforcement, military, healthcare workers, EMS and teachers to save money when buying, selling or refinancing a home; or when making every day home-related purchases.

If you would like to learn more about Homes for Heroes click here.

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