Todd Austin’s rebuilt home prompts recognition by ADS Security.
ADS Security (ADS), a regional electronic and automation company headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, honored one of its customers, Todd Austin (known locally as Toddzilla), at an annual company meeting.
Austin’s East Nashville home, built in the 1920s, was damaged by an electrical fire in June 2017. In the fire, he lost his 1964 Corvette and seven of his eight pet cats. The controversy surrounding the historic overlay location of his home ignited a Change.org petition, with over 10,000 supporters, and a GoFundMe campaign raising nearly $40,000. The campaigns supporting his rebuild quickly earned local and national attention. After receiving approval from the Metro Historic Zoning Commission, Austin demolished the remains of his home and built a replica of his home in its place.
Before he moved in, ADS Security donated and installed a new home security and fire system. In addition, ADS Security honored Austin at a recent company event, where they donated $3,000 in his name to the local chapter of the American Red Cross and the Nashville Humane Association.
“They [ADS Security] didn’t have to do what they did. They really reached out and it was kind of an amazing thing to me that in a really desperate time, a company would show how human they are,” Todd Austin said.
Brian McGuire, ADS Security’s General Manager in Nashville, stated “Our team wants to support the community, and when a customer is in need, we want to reach out and help. We called Todd and told him, when you decide to rebuild, we want to be a part of it.”
Austin has since moved into his newly rebuilt East Nashville home.