Albert Brigas planned on retiring next year when his mortgage was paid off, but his boss decided to help make his dream come true a little sooner.
A Vietnam War veteran, Brigas started as a mechanic at Renown Auto Restoration in San Antonio, Texas, in 2006. His boss, Rudy Quinones, was always impressed by Brigas and his tenacity. "He would come into work every day even when he was sick," Quinones told KENS5. "Just that level of loyalty, the determination you just don't find anymore."
Quinones knew about Brigas' retirement plan, and called him into his office one day in October. He asked Brigas how much he owed on his mortgage, and soon, the two were headed down to the bank to make a final $5,000 payment. Brigas said it's clear Quinones "cares about his people," and he's grateful for his gift. He has been retired now for less than a week, and is looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren.