UPPER NAZARETH TWP., Pa. -  A local man's house was destroyed by fire, but instead of asking for help to rebuild, the Northampton County man used the opportunity to help those who put the fire out.

A fire destroyed the home in Upper Nazareth on Sept. 10.

John Pequeno, the homeowner, says when the fire was out he received a lot of calls from people wanting to help him rebuild.

Instead, John walked into the Upper Nazareth Fire Department With a gift of thanks for members of the nine fire departments who answered the call for help.

"It's not because it was my house, it's because of what they do around here on a regular basis, anytime that happens," John said.

Pequeno, who didn't need the monetary help, started a GoFundMe page to help the firefighters.

"It's like the absolute minimum I can do for you guys and with everything you have done for me," John said.

The community also joined in the effort. Hundreds donated money to Pequeno's call to action and the fund grew to more than $16,300.

Pequeno gave another $1,700, meaning each of the nine fire departments got a check for $2,000.

The Palmer Township Fire Department used part of their money to help provide Christmas for a family in need. Pequeno says it doesn't matter how the departments use the funds. He just wanted to make sure he was able to say thank you.