A 92-year-old man in Utah was having difficulties accessing his house via a narrow ramp outside. Unable to bring his wheelchair on it, the man lost his balance and fell. Thankfully, life got a little easier when the fire crew learned of his predicament and came to the rescue armed with a carpenter’s inventory.
Lovel Layne, of Farr West, loves telling visitors stories of what happened while he was serving in the U.S. Army, including while he was on deployment in the Philippines.
And the Weber Fire District firefighters, who’ve picked the man up after a few falls in the kitchen in the past, love a good story from Layne.
Apart from his story telling, Layne likes gardening and building birdhouses. However, with age catching up on him, he’s been having a tough time getting from A to B.
“I’ve gotten worse the last six months,” he told Fox 13.
Once, he fell when he walked down the ramp, positioned just outside his front door, on his way from the porch to the yard.
When the local fire crew, who are located in a nearby neighborbood, heard of the latest fall, they came up with a solution.
“Recently, he started having balance problems and has had to start using a wheelchair,” the fire department wrote on their Facebook page.
“His family didn’t know what to do, because he could not get in or out of his home and was worried he wouldn’t be able to live on his own anymore.”
Jeremy Winn, captain of Weber Fire District Station 61, wanted to rebuild the ramp for Layne after noticing his existing ramp couldn’t accommodate the width of his walker or wheelchair.
“I got thinking, what can we do to help this guy out?” Winn said. “We love coming and visiting with him, but we don’t like to see him on the ground.”
So, on Oct. 2, several firefighters arrived at Layne’s house to build him a new ramp.
“Just something to help his family be able to get him in and out of house,” said firefighter Lindsay Workman, who owns a construction business.
Needless to say, Layne is grateful to the firefighters for making his life a little easier.
In fact, the new, wider ramp has made a huge difference.
“They really helped me, you can’t imagine what they’ve done for me,” he said.
The fire crew must feel pretty good to have made such a positive difference to Layne’s day-to-day life as well.
“This is what our job is about,” the department wrote. “We do this job to make a difference in people’s lives.”
Kudos to the firefighters for going out of their way to help Layne and ensuring his safety!
Both Layne and his family will be forever grateful for their kindness. Every step on that new ramp will be made with much gratitude.
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