Retired TPD officer receives desperately needed wheelchair ramp
African American Police League, Homeboys Riding Club, among other volunteers installed the ramp Thursday afternoon
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Kenny Powell patrolled the streets of Toledo for over 25 years with the Toledo Police Department before the effects of Parkinson’s disease forced him to retire. He uses a motorized wheelchair to get around.
However, someone filed a complaint with the city about the ramp at the officer’s home, so the ramp came down.
And that wasn’t good enough for some groups in Toledo.
“I got a call from an officer telling me about a situation involving a retired officer who had issues with a ramp. When I heard the entire story it just made me sick,” African American Police League President Anita Madison said.
Powell’s family and friends told 13abc the 63-year-old was stuck in the house for almost a week.
When the president of the African American Police League found out, she took to social media. Madison’s GoFundMe page has surpassed its goal, raising nearly $7,000 for the retired officer.
Members of the AAPL, Homeboys Riding Club, and the online group “We Support Toledo Police” volunteered to help build the ramp.
Homeboy’s Club member, Steve Clark, says this was a team effort coordinated in a matter of hours.
“I got a hold of my group for carpenters to build a ramp. One of our guys had an aluminum ramp at a house they were selling that needed to get taken down, so they gave it to Officer Powell,” Clark said.
“He thought that he was forgotten but we’re here to tell him something different,” Madison said after greeting a tearful Powell with the news of his new ramp.
This heartwarming act of generosity has allowed other groups to get connected with the retired officer.
Jeremy Hartle, the president of the Parkinson’s Foundation of Northwest Ohio, was also present to offer some additional resources for Powell.
“In these crazy times, it’s so good to see so many good people come together for the right reasons. We were just happy to give some recommendations and hopefully help Mr. Powell out,” says Hartle.
Other volunteers have also offered their help with anything else Powell may need for his home during his retirement.
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