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Firefighters find way to help man in a wheelchair

Joseph Lynch
December 11, 2017 06:50 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. -- The holidays always seem to everyone all in the spirit of the season. There's an example of that in Santa Fe.


Some firefighters from Santa Fe County Fire Department stepped up to help someone that they’ve been called on to help several times before.

Bill Rees has a harder time getting around these days. Some firefighters and first responders like Randy Haugen from Santa Fe County have seen those struggles firsthand.  

"We've come out here and run a number of calls to help the resident of this home up off the ground when he's fallen inside the home," he said.

To try and cut down on those falls for Rees, Santa Fe County firefighters built a handicapped accessible ramp at his home. Cut by cut and drill by drill, the ramp started to take shape.

Rees appreciated all the help they’ve given him in the past, but the display of selflessness and generosity was more than he and his wife of 49 years, Maria could have expected.

"They saw that I had my chair here but I couldn't go in and out the steps. So it was their own idea to do this and I didn't have to ask them," Rees said. "They just said 'Can we do it?'

"There's no way that we can repay the stuff that they do for us. Like I said, they are always there for us when we need them. Anytime I call, they are right here."

The hope is Rees will have some more mobility. Freedom to get outside and breathe a little easier. Rees can’t thank them enough.

"I appreciate it so much," he said. "You'll never know."


Joseph Lynch

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