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Wheelchair ramp theft strands Parkland man in home

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  • Bart Rowley, who lost the use of his legs in a truck accident in 2008, was stranded in his house in Parkland after thieves stole his portable aluminum...

    Dean J. Koepfler / The News-Tribune

    Bart Rowley, who lost the use of his legs in a truck accident in 2008, was stranded in his house in Parkland after thieves stole his portable aluminum wheelchair ramps. Alexa, 7, the daughter of Cheri Kriesel, left, Rowley’s caretaker, decided to stain the new ramp that a friend built Rowley soon after the theft.

PARKLAND— Someone took the aluminum wheelchair ramp from the front steps of Bart Rowley’s home in Parkland, stranding the man inside.
The 55-year-old who was paralyzed in a 2008 truck crash can’t leave home without a ramp.
Rowley says he panicked. But his caregiver, Cheri Kriesel, connected with the father of a friend — retired carpenter Walt Edwards who went right to work.
The News Tribune reports he built a wooden ramp by Friday afternoon, the same day the ramp was discovered missing.
Edwards charged only the $200 for materials. Kriesel paid him and also stained the new ramp.
Rowley says they gave him back the ability to get out and shop for himself or go to the park.

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