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Heroes give boy in wheelchair easier access to home

Dear Editor,

I am writing to express gratitude to a group of individuals in our community who used their time, energy and resources to construct a ramp for an 8-year-old child, at his home, in Cottonwood Springs Trailer Park.

On March 6, I contacted Victoria Kesler with the request of locating individuals, agencies or resources to build a ramp. We discussed the needs and possibilities, and within a matter of minutes Vicki had contacted a master craftsman, Max Buchheister, who volunteered his time to the project.

Max, in turn, contacted Jerry Urban, who donated a ramp that was no longer being used. Dave Miller, Eddie Piker, Adam Deholl, Joseph Piker and Reid Miller, from the Garden School in New Castle, used their community service day to help disassemble, transport and modify the donated ramp with Mr. Buchheister. On March 12, when this second-grade student arrived home from school, the ramp was in place and usable, no longer necessitating his mother to lift him, wheelchair and all, into their home.

The willingness, generosity and dedication these individuals extended to a child unknown to them all is a mark of community heroism. One doesn’t have to go far from home to become such a hero. These individuals are examples to us all of the positive impact we can make in the lives of others. To these community heroes, I thank you ever so much!


Georgi Aibner

second-grade teacher

Wamsley Elementary School


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