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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Local homeless man receives wheelchair with help of police officer

A local Madison Police officer helped a homeless man without legs, securing him a wheelchair Tuesday.

According to a police report, the officer responded to a call about a homeless man who was missing both legs, but did have prosthetics, on the 100 block of West Washington Avenue.

After the man declined the officer’s offer to take him to a free clinic, he acknowledged a wheelchair would help, the report said. The man was having trouble with one of his prosthetic legs.

The officer arranged for St. Vincent de Paul on Williamson Street to donate a gently used wheelchair to the homeless man, according to the report.

The officer visited the man in a shelter the next day, where he “looked me in the eye–for the first time,” the officer said in the report.

“He made a big smile,” the report said, “and said ‘thank you.’”

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