EMS providers take disabled teen trick-or-treating as honorary EMT
Austin Wildnauer, who is bound to a wheelchair, went trick or treating for the first time in years thanks to a Swansea EMS crew
SWANSEA, Mass. — An EMS crew took a disabled teen who is bound to a wheelchair trick-or-treating.
WPRI reported that Swansea Ambulance Corps EMT Christopher Hindle and three other EMTs picked up Austin Wildnauer, 16, in their ambulance and gave him an honorary EMT costume.
Wildnauer’s mother, Pamela, said he hasn’t been trick-or-treating in years.
"They provided him with a hat, jacket, patches, radio and an EMT bag to collect all his candy," Pamela said. "It was truly a special night."
The crew took Austin door-to-door to dozens of homes over three hours, and said many people were “moved to tears.”
"Initially [residents] wanted to know why the ambulance was in front of their house," Hindle said. "But once we explained, everybody was really behind it. It wasn't about us at all, it was about him. It was just great to see the smiles on his family and his smile."
Pamela said the act of kindness was a “huge deal.”
"This to the EMTs was no big deal," she said. "But obviously to us, and to Austin, and to everyone we visited, it was a huge deal. It filled hearts."
Austin is unable to eat the candy he collected, but Pamela said she plans to donate it to children who were unable to go trick-or-treating.