Firemen buy a walker for woman from Marco

Steve Stefanides

Personnel from the Marco Fire-Rescue Department recently ran on two calls for assistance for an elderly woman who had fallen in her condo. When they arrived the first time, they noticed that she was utilizing a small grocery cart to help stabilize herself as she moved around her residence.

Chris Bowden, Heath Nagel, Eric Griffin, and Dirk Switken with Vera Olson and her new walker.

The second time they were called to Vera Olson’s residence for the same type of incident, the men on the shift knew they had to do something to help her and prevent a possible serious injury.

“Falls can lead to some of the most devastating injuries for the elderly, from which many do not recover and are not able to continue to live a life of independence,” said Battalion Chief Jeff Kutzke, commander of “B” shift, whose men ran on those calls.

“It was Eric Griffin’s idea that we just all pitch in and get the lady a proper wheeled walker device,” said firefighter-engineer Dan Stoller. “When we couldn’t find it locally we just ordered it online and assembled the walker when it arrived and delivered it on Saturday to her.”

When Vera’s daughter, Lynn, and her husband, John, heard they were overwhelmed.

“What a wonderful act of kindness by these young men” said Lynn.

Lynn did point out that Vera has a proper walker, but because she had a friend in need of one a little while ago, she loaned it to her and used the more unstable grocery cart for herself. Her good deed led to another by the firefighters.