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Rochester Firefighters Hailed as Heroes for Building Ramp for Amputee
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Rochester Firefighters Hailed as Heroes for Building Ramp for Amputee

Much to the relief and delight of a Rochester-based amputee, the local firefighters have built a wheelchair ramp for his house.

Raymond Olson was diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer earlier this year. As if that weren’t enough, the 53-year-old Davis Boulevard resident was experiencing excruciating pain in his legs and was recently subjected to a surgery at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester in order to get rid of a blockage in an artery, according to his wife-to-be, Carolyn Hyde.

Realizing that Olson did not recover fully, doctors were left with no choice but to remove his right leg from just above the knee, Hyde explained. To make things worse, Hyde's her attempts to get Olson's insurance company to bear the cost of a wheelchair ramp at their residence did not come to fruition.

Hyde, who works as a switchboard operator at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover then got in touch with the Rochester Fire Department to seek advice on how to get any sort of assistance with this. When she called the local fire department on May 27, firefighter Sam Morrill answered the phone and just within three days, he arrived at their house to take measurements, she said.

In an email, Hyde deemed this as an "awesome story" that centers on the community joining forces, and also remarked that we are surrounded by wonderful people. On Friday, a few representatives of the Rochester Professional Firefighters Union tendered their time to make the ramp, utilizing materials that were given by area builders.

Raving over the carpentry artistry of Rochester firefighters, Olson said Monday he has used the recently constructed ramp with both his wheelchair as well as crutches. He said he really like the ramp and the smoke jumpers did a fantastic job with it. Moreover, they finished it within a reasonable time frame. "It is top-notch," Olson asserted.

Hyde, on the other hand, teared up realizing she and her fiance had received a generous gift. Nearly 15 people invested their time and effort on building the large ramp during the course of the day on Friday, she noted.

Initially, there were seven people working on the ramp, but every time Hyde went out there, she noticed more people. In fact, the street was brimming with vehicles on both sides, she said. As expected, it is hard for her and Olson to express how grateful they really are. Image: TheHilaryClark / Pixabay

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