An Army specialist who lost all four limbs while serving in Iraq now has a home to call his own, all thanks to a community effort. NY1's Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.
United States Army veteran Brendan Marrocco, a quadruple amputee from Staten Island, moved into a custom built handicapped accessible home Saturday: A home funded entirely by donations.
"When you talk about an effort, a monumental effort, to get something done, we've lived it. And we've lived it only because people like you chose to make it possible for us. And people like you chose to make a difference in Brendan's life," said Brendan's father, Alex Marrocco.
Private Marrocco lost all his limbs in Iraq in 2009 when the vehicle he was riding in was hit by an explosive. After 26 months at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC he wanted to move back home to Staten Island. The Siller Foundation and Homes for Heroes built him his new house.
"We promised Brendan in the very beginning that we were gonna give him a beauty and I think that our community has delivered, because it's the least, the least we can do. We're very proud of this project," said Frank Siller of the Stephen Siller Foundation.
The house has remote control appliances, lights that go on when Brendan enters a room, and an elevator to get him upstairs. Donations for the $850,000 house came from all over the country, $200,000 from the New York City Fire Department alone.
Some money was even raised by a bake sale from some Long Island fifth graders.
"It's someone that got hurt in the war so we should help the people that got hurt," said student Rachel O'Hagan.
When plans for the house began to take shape, Marrocco was the only quadruple amputee in the country. Now, there are two others and the Siller Foundation and Building Homes for Heroes say they're already making plans to build them homes.