First responders build ramp for disabled teen

Three off-duty first responders built the ramp for a girl with Spina bifida after responding to a medical call and seeing the unsafe ramp at her home

By EMS1 Staff

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — A group of off-duty first responders built a ramp for a teen girl in a wheelchair after responding to a medical call and seeing that the ramp she had at her home was unsafe.

NBC San Diego reported that the 18-year-old Kassie, who has Spina bifida, had a hard time getting out of her home because the ramp was in disrepair.

"It was difficult to get the gurney up it," Lakeside Fire District firefighter-paramedic Marc Poynter said. "It also did not have any handrails and she could not get down it without assistance."

After learning the family could not afford to fix the ramp, Captain Chuck Palmore, Engineer Robert Williams and Poynter raised money to buy the materials and constructed a new ramp in a few days.

The new ramp allows Kassie to get down by herself thanks to the handrails, and the family thanked the crew for their act of kindness.

"We saw a family that needed some help," Poynter said. "We wanted to do everything we could."


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