Colleagues rally around dispatcher diagnosed with ALS

The disease has ravaged Ute Spearman's body, limiting her use of her right arm and leg


PHILADELPHIA — Colleagues are helping make life a little easier for a veteran dispatcher diagnosed with ALS.

CBS Philadelphia reported that Ute Spearman, who has worked at Montgomery County's (Pa.) Emergency Communications Center for 28 years, didn't ask for help when she was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease last year. The disease has ravaged Spearman's body, limiting her use of her right arm and leg.

Her fellow dispatchers have taken it upon themselves to help her get to work and gain access to areas of her home, such as front steps and bathrooms that have become challenging.

"I love her to death," longtime friend and co-worker Sandra Moyer said. "And I will never allow her to be alone."

To offset medical bills, expenses and alterations to her home, friends and colleagues are holding a benefit May 7 at the Friendship Fire Company.

"I mean I have angels right beside me all the way," Spearman said.

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