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Update: Stranger pays off 209 percent loan

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A stranger from Prescott Valley paid of this Tempe couple's loan. (Source: 3TV) A stranger from Prescott Valley paid of this Tempe couple's loan. (Source: 3TV)
The Halseys couldn't believe the generosity. (Source: 3TV) The Halseys couldn't believe the generosity. (Source: 3TV)
The Halseys couldn't believe the generosity. (Source: 3TV) The Halseys couldn't believe the generosity. (Source: 3TV)
The check was for $2,038.49. (Source: 3TV) The check was for $2,038.49. (Source: 3TV)

In a previous 3 On Your Side report Joanne and Gary Halsey said it would be extremely difficult to pay back a loan they took out just so they could get by but because of a good Samaritan, they don't have to worry about it.

"$120,000?" Gary Harper asked.

"Yeah, that was the last bill in the hospital. That was the last bill," the Halseys said.

With more than $120,000 in medical bills, the Halseys are in a deep financial hole.

In that previous report, 3 On Your Side told you about the Tempe couple and how insurance companies are steering clear of Gary because of pre-existing medical conditions.

[READ MORE: Valley woman gets loan with 209 percent interest rate]

"He has no health insurance," Joanne said. 

To make ends meet, Joanne took out a $2,000 loan online with a company called Q Credit.

"I just filled out the application; I had the loan the next day," Joanne said. 

But with that $2,000 loan came a hefty 209 percent interest rate which meant just to pay it back over two years, Joanne would have paid nearly $8,000.

You might recall, 3 On Your Side got Q Credit to settle, and they agreed to accept repayment of just $2,038 as payment in full. But still, $2,038 is money Joanne, and her husband just don't have.

"The night that story aired on 3 On Your Side, a viewer and his wife up here in Prescott Valley, they saw that news report, and they felt they had to do something to help Joanne out," Harper said.

3 On Your Side spoke with Mr. John Egge.

"I had been praying that God would use me with what he's given me to help people," Egge said.

Egge and his wife were so moved by Joanne and her husband's situation that they gave 3 On Your Side a check for $2,038 so the couple could pay off that loan to Q Credit. 

And the very next day we handed-delivered that check to Joanne and her husband who had no idea.

"After the story aired there were a gentleman and his wife in Prescott Valley who really felt kind of bad for you guys, and he wanted me to give you this check for $2,038.49," Harper said.

"No! Oh no. I can't take this," Joanne said.

"He wants you to have it," Harper said.

"But I can't, I can't do this, Oh my God," Joanne said.

Overwhelmed by a complete stranger's generosity, Joanne says Egge and his wife are "angels." 

"I hope to get my reward in heaven. That's why you either get it here or in heaven, and I'd rather get it there, so that's why I don't want to make a big deal out of it," Egge said.

As for the Halsey’s they go on to say;

"He has no idea, how much it's going to help. This has just been a weight on us and I don't know what to say, I've never met these people, my God!" the Halseys said.

Joanne also credits 3 On Your Side, saying without our initial story, she and her husband wouldn't have gotten the helping hand they need.

“May God bless you all. They don't call it 3 On Your Side for nothing," Joanne said. 

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With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

He has negotiated resolutions with companies of all sizes, including some of the biggest corporations in the nation.

Gary has successfully recouped more than $1 million for viewers around the state, making 3 On Your Side one of the most popular segments on KTVK and the station's Web site.

He's best known for investigating and confronting unscrupulous contractors. In fact, many of his news reports have led to police investigations and jail time for those who were caught. Viewers, as well as the companies and people he investigates, regard him as consistently being thorough and fair.

Gary has been with KTVK-TV since 1997. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix, he worked for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was as an anchor and reporter.

Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

Gary has been married since 1994 and is the proud father of two sons. When he's not helping viewers, Gary is busy catching up on his favorite college and professional football teams as well as cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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