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Man Starts Fundraiser For Homeless Heroes

Posted at 5:24 PM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 17:24:03-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A man has started a fundraiser for two homeless men he says are heroes after they helped pull someone from power lines that fell due to strong winds on Thursday.

A man was walking through the back lot of the Marathon Gas Station on Thursday afternoon, firefighters said, when a transformer came crashing to the ground and ignited.

The man was hit by the falling transformer and seriously injured, according to Captain Dustin Whited.

Brandon Tyree said he was at a nearby store when he saw people gathering because of the fire. When he got to the scene he was told that two homeless men had pulled the man from under the power lines and out of the fire, he said.

“They said, “We can’t sit here and watch this guy die, we’ve got to do something.” So they charged in and took action, got burned and got electrocuted their self, pulling the guy out and helping him out,” Tyree said.

Tyree was so moved by their actions, he said, he wanted to help them. He approached them and offered them the money in his wallet, he said.

He also started a gofundme fundraiser for the pair.

“If everybody would just do a little bit it would be a tidal wave of blessings for these guys,” Tyree said.