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Community steps up to fix woman's wheelchair ramp after it was damaged during police pursuit

Posted: 11:06 PM, Nov 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-21 05:19:19Z

INDIANAPOLIS -- A woman living on Indianapolis’ east side is able to get in and out of her home again after her wheelchair ramp was destroyed during a police chase last week.

Susan Lewellen contacted RTV6 after a police chase ended in her front yard, taking out part of her wheelchair ramp, which was the only way she had to get in and out of her home.

Rik Hagarty is the founder of SAWs, Servants at Work incorporated. The group does this kind of work for people in Marion and Hamilton counties.

After we shared Lewellen’s story, dozens of people reached out to help. One of those people contacted SAWs and said they couldn’t physically help, but they wanted to pay to have Lewellen’s ramp replaced.

Hagarty says SAWs built Lewellen’s ramp last year and between the initial build and the repairs on Tuesday, around 60 man hours went into the work.

SAWs is a non-profit organization that relies largely on donations and volunteers to get their work done around the community.

For more information on how you can help SAWs visit their website here .

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