Veteran receives help after reaching out to Rescue Squad - WNEM TV 5

Veteran receives help after reaching out to Rescue Squad

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A local veteran received the help he needed after reaching out to the TV5 Rescue Squad.

After a triple bypass surgery Earl Randolph was unable to sleep in a regular bed and could only sleep in a recliner. After years of use had left their recliner falling apart, he and his wife Helen could not afford to buy another one.

That's when they contacted the Rescue Squad. After their story aired the newsroom was flooded with requests to help the Randolphs.

"That's the love that God was talking about," Earl Randolph said.

Helen Randolph described her husband as a caretaker and a hard-worker.

"He's a veteran. He did time in the service, but he's always just been a working man and a strong provider for his family," she said.

She said her husband had triple bypass surgery in 2013 and was in a coma for more than a month. Because of serious complications Earl can no longer sleep laying down in bed. Instead, he sleeps in his reclining chair.

"When he lays down back, it does something. He has an apparatus that's in there and permanent that they had to put in there with the surgery," Helen Randolph said.

The Randolphs called the TV5 Rescue Squad in hopes of getting the word out and getting some help from the community. And the community stepped up in a big way.

"Overwhelming, just overwhelming. No bigger word I can think of," Helen Randolph said.

Dozens of viewers called and emailed the newsroom offering their help and support, including Diane Seidel and Rosemary Gohm. The mother-daughter duo heard the story and had a power chair at home they were looking to give away.

"It feels good. And my dad used that chair so we wanted it to go to a good home," Seidel said.

Another chair for the couple's bedroom was donated from an anonymous donor. It is expected to be delivered within the next day.

"I just want to say thank you to everyone, everyone that has done anything to help me and Earl," Helen Randolph said.

Lighthouse Mattresses in Saginaw will be donating a brand new mattress and box spring to the couple because they said Helen deserves a good night's rest too.

"That blew me away because I didn't call for me. I called for Early. And when someone thought about me, that made me feel good too," Helen Randolph said.

The couple said they are floored by the kindness of their community and they are hoping to one day pass it on.

"It inspires me to be the best I can be and all I can be, and to be service to someone else," Helen Randolph said.

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