Sheriff Deputies Push Woman Stranded in Wheelchair 1 Mile to Her Home

January 10, 2019 Updated: January 10, 2019

In October 2018, two deputies in Lancaster, California, got a call about a potential road hazard, a wheelchair in the middle of the road, but they had no idea that there was an elderly lady sitting in it.

The two Sheriff’s deputies, Chapman and Montanez, drove to the scene, and there she was; her motorized wheelchair had run out of power, the officers learned, and she was stranded in the middle of the road, 1 mile from her home.

What they decided to do about it, though, earned them praise online after the incident was posted on the Sheriff Station’s Facebook page.

Montanez pushing wheelchair

Deputies Chapman and Montanez received a call of a traffic hazard, a wheelchair in the middle of the road. When they arrived, they did find the wheelchair on the side of the road, but with an elderly female sitting in it!Her motorized wheelchair had run out of power and she was stranded. Deputies Chapman and Montanez quickly offered her a ride home, but she was very upset about leaving her only means of mobility behind. The wheelchair, being quite heavy and unable to fold because of the battery pack, did not fit in their patrol vehicle. That's when Deputy Montanez stepped up. He decided he would push the wheelchair to her home, about one mile, in full uniform and boots. Deputy Chapman teased him about his "slow" pace and you can hear our eldelry friend getting a good laugh out of it!We are so incredibly grateful to all of our deputies for the work they do on a daily basis. My hero wears a badge.#LASD #AV411 #soundon #workoutoftheday #myherowearsabadgeLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Lancaster Sheriff's Station 发布于 2018年10月2日周二

First, deputies offered the woman a ride, but that wasn’t going to work because her wheelchair was too heavy for them to get it into the car. They weren’t able to fold it up because of the battery pack, not to mention the fact that the woman didn’t want to leave her wheelchair behind because it was her only means of mobility.

But the two officers were not about to leave her there, and so they decided on a better course of action: Montanez got out of the car, while the woman got in. He then began to push the wheelchair down the road on foot, in the direction of her house.

A video taken from inside the car captured a moment of humor from the incident with Chapman informing his partner via radio, “You can pick it up, you’re only going about one mile an hour,” garnering a chuckle from their lady passenger. Montanez only turned back and smiled.

The Sheriff Station’s Facebook post thanked the two deputies for their heroics: “We are so incredibly grateful to all of our deputies for the work they do on a daily basis. My hero wears a badge.”

 

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