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Work on ramp for homebound woman is underway

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A homebound woman and the good Samaritan who offered to build her a ramp from her home finally got to start on the project.

"Well it feels good to be back on a little carpenter work. I haven't did any in quite some time," said Joe Thompson.

Lucille Surles has been homebound for six months after crushing her ankle. The steps from her front porch have prevented her from seeing her dying son.

Thompson answered the TV5 Rescue Squad’s call for help for Surles. But after running into problems with city code and additional costs, on Friday he got his start with the help of a few additional hands like Dan Tipper.

"It's going to be great to see her being able to come out and do what she's got to do for health reasons and other things," Tipper said.

Tipper is teaming up with Thompson to make this ramp a reality. He said he saw our rescue squad report and knew he had to act.

"It just reminded me of my grandmother. You know how she helped out her community," Tipper said.

All afternoon volunteers spent time working towards their goal piece by piece. Doing what they can to make life a little brighter for a woman that could use a helping hand.

"I hope she enjoys it. And I hope she can make everything better for her since she said she hasn't been out of the house for six months now," Thompson said. "So I know she'll be glad to get out and see her son and we hope him well."

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