Two Cruel Teens Said It Was So Ugly it Should ‘Burn’ — The Right Person Overheard Them…


Josh Cyganik had never spoken to the retiree he saw at the start of every work day. But when he had the opportunity to the show some respect and kindness to a stranger, he didn’t hesitate.

According to Union Pacific’s community news page, Cyganik meets his co-workers every morning near a portion of the Union Pacific Railroad track that is across the street from 75-year-old Leonard Bullock’s house.

Cyganik had often seen and even waved to Bullock, who spends most days sitting on his front porch. Then, Cyganik heard two teens insulting Bullock’s house, saying that the building was so unsightly that it should be burned down.


The insult nagged at the train inspector.

“I saw the look on Leonard’s face. I could tell the comment bothered him,” said Cyganik. “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 turned to some friends, asking for help in refurbishing Bullock’s home. A few of his co-workers at Union Pacific volunteered their services, and a friend and manager of Tum-a-Lum lumber donated supplies. Cyganik asked Bullock for permission to repaint his home and received an enthusiastic “yes.”

Cyganik than turned to Facebook to get a few more volunteers.

The response exceeded his expectations. The post was shared thousands of times, and by the time he arrived at Bullock’s home on a sunny Saturday morning, there were already 20 volunteers ready and waiting to begin. Over the course of the day, about 100 people showed up to help.

“It was just a good vibe! Everybody was happy and excited,” said Cyganik. “We received a lot of additional donations from people who didn’t come but wanted to help. People were dropping off food and drinks all day long. Starbucks even donated six gallons of water and iced tea.”

Together, the volunteers transformed the weather-worn blue and white house, giving it a fresh coat of paint, new outdoor furniture, and even starting work on a new porch. Cyganik received so many donations, he’s now looking for a roofer to help finish the job.


He also had the chance to learn more about Leonard and Dorothy Bullock. Leonard, a retired forklift operator, married Dorothy in 2000, but his small monthly stipend wasn’t enough to fix up their house.

“They’re great people,” Cyganik said. “You never know about someone unless you get to know their struggles. It means everything to me that so many people from across the country showed up to help and get to know Leonard and Dorothy.”

Cyganik refuses to call himself a hero, claiming that he only did what anyone else would do in his place.


For him, helping the Bullocks was more than an act of charity, it was a way to spread respect— something that was seriously lacking when the teenagers made their derisive comments about the house.

“Yeah, 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.”

As Cyganik so aptly put it, Leonard can now feel good about his home and sit on that front porch with pride.