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Friends remember Congressman Bill Young

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Congressman Bill Young was known as a powerhouse.

Those who knew him say he worked vigorously for the people he served and gained respect from many including four star generals.

"That is when you really knew that he was bigger than just our friend and our congressman he really was and always will be a national treasure," said Mayor Bill Foster.

Saint Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster credits him for many accomplishments, but said he will be remembered most for his fight for others.

"I never looked at him as a politician he was one of my mentors he put people first and politics second," he said.

Jamie Wilson the Vice President of government relations at Moffit Cancer Center said without the congressman millions of dollars in funding for research would have been lost.

"We have a lot of scientists and a lot of physicians that are at Moffitt Cancer Center because of the support that bill young provided," he said.

Young started a bone marrow donor program helping to link potential matches while saving lives across the nation. He also helped ensure MacDill Airforce base would stay open during the 90s when a shut down loomed.

"Macdill would not be there today if bill young wasn't where he was at the right time doing and saying the right things to protect MacDill Airforce base," Bob Rohrlack said.

Rohrlack the President and CEO for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce told FOX13 over the phone that many credit Congressman Young for helping to bring millions of dollars in revenue over the years to the Bay Area and building jobs for those he represented. But he said now it is up to the people to carry out his legacy.

"It is up to all of us to step up and not just saw he was a good guy we have to show he was a good guy to make sure that everything he did has a consistence legacy in the future," said Rohrlack.

Congressman Young was 82.

He served more than four decades in Congress.

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