December 31, 2015 Sacramento, Ca. Steven Southworth is disabled and relies on a wheel chair to get around. The aluminum wheelchair ramp that allows him to get out of his home had been stolen and thankfully decent people from Sacramento found out about it.
When the thieves stole Southworth’s ramp his life became much more difficult. His prosthetic leg is much too painful to use because of his extensive nerve damage and the fact that he has bronchitis he has difficulty just catching his breath. He explained this to ABC10 news.
“One of our officers saw this report, knew this ramp likely wouldn’t be found. The officer felt compelled to reach out,” said Sgt. Bryce Heinlein.
Mr. Southworth stated that he “was devastated,” he said. “I am trapped. I’m in a cage.” Thankfully a dispatcher had found out about his situation and her name was Sarah Kern. Kern and another dispatcher had founded a group known as “Sacramento Police Cares” that is funded by the community. The primary mission of the group was to “to provide non-monetary assistance to people in immediate need. SPC originated with the intent to help “good people down on their luck.” ”
Kern would be in touch with Southworth before he knew it and Sacramento Police cares would be rebuilding the Ramp for him free of charge this weekend. Officers knew that the search for his old ramp would probably turn up no results and leaving him without a ramp would only be harming him.
“One of our officers saw this report, knew this ramp likely wouldn’t be found. The officer felt compelled to reach out,” said Sgt. Bryce Heinlein. “The program (Sacramento Police Cares) helps us give back to the community to people who are really in need,” Heinlein said.
Southworth said: “It’s a miracle. I can’t appreciate them anymore.”