Community raises funds to help homeless Roswell man pay medical bills | KOB 4

Community raises funds to help homeless Roswell man pay medical bills

Faith Egbuonu
Updated: November 26, 2019 06:04 PM
Created: November 11, 2019 05:24 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. - Update: Loved ones confirmed Carlos Rojo Ramirez, also known as the 'Lawnmower man' passed away in a Lubbock hospital Saturday morning. 

A homeless man, also known as the ‘lawnmower man’, who has spent his time helping others in Roswell is now in desperate need of help after suffering 3rd degree burns two weeks ago.

“We got to be there for him in every way,” said Roswell resident, Nicole Vargas. “He’s a gem of Roswell."

“He’s never asked for anything, he’s never begged,” said Roswell resident, Jocelyn Smith.

Some residents say he mowed people’s lawn on his own time.

“As a young girl, I remember him down Garden Street with his lawnmower,” Vargas said.

Carlos Rojo-Ramirez is now fighting for his life in a Lubbock hospital.

“He’s actually affected a lot of us, knowing that he’s been through the situation he’s been in and being in Lubbock,” said Roswell resident, Alondra Lara. “It’s really broken our hearts.”

Fire officials say Ramirez’s jacket caught on fire from a camping propane stove he used to cook meals and stay warm.

“He is an icon in this community,” Smith said. “ If you don’t see him on this church stoop, we start to wonder.”

Now the community is rallying together to help their friend in need.

“As far as helping him with medical bills; and as far as helping him when he comes home with clothes and helping out with his house and shelter,” Smith said.

Smith believes it is the least they can do as a community.

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