Fire department builds 9-year-old new wheelchair ramp

Alexander Davis suffers from spinal muscular atrophy, a disease that impacts muscle movement

By FireRescue1 Staff

TIPTON, Ind. — A fire department made life easier for a boy with spinal muscular atrophy by building him a new wheelchair ramp.

Kokomo Tribune reported that the ramp at the home of Alexander Davis, 9, fell into disrepair. His mother, Anastasia Davis, said they would usually have to stay inside on rainy days because it was too rickety.

Anastasia’s friend, Dawn Dunn, asked the Tipton Fire Department if they would be willing to help. After a fundraiser to pay for the materials, the firefighters began working on the ramp.

Alexander has formed a close bond with the firefighters. The department holds a fundraiser annually for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which researches spinal muscular atrophy.

“Nothing stops this kid,” Capt. Jeff Ogden said. “He’s always in a great mood. We’re very excited, very happy to help him out.” 



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