A fully-charged Intellichair motorized wheelchair has the power to get you through your day and whatever it holds in store. But a Pennsylvania woman who found herself in trouble when her motorized wheelchair ran out of power was rescued when two sheriff’s deputies came on the scene.
According to People magazine, Deputies Shane Chapman and Steven Montanez of the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Sheriff’s Department were responding to a call of a traffic hazard in the road. The hazard was a wheelchair that had run out of power — and an elderly woman was stranded in the wheelchair.
The two sheriff’s deputies offered to give the woman a ride home, but she was not willing to leave her valuable motorized wheelchair by the side of the road. But the wheelchair was too large to fit into the deputies’ vehicle, so they had to come up with Plan B.
Deputies Chapman and Montanez decided they would honor the woman’s wishes, and instead of loading the woman and her wheelchair into their car, they pushed her the mile or so remaining on her trip home.
The deputies’ interaction with the woman was caught on a dashcam video that was uploaded to the sheriff station’s Facebook page.
“Deputies Chapman and Montanez received a call of a traffic hazard, a wheelchair in the middle of the road,” the video caption says. “When they arrived, they did find the wheelchair on the side of the road, but with an elderly female sitting in it! Her motorized wheelchair had run out of power and she was stranded.”
“Deputies Chapman and Montanez quickly offered her a ride home, but she was very upset about leaving her only means of mobility behind. The wheelchair, being quite heavy and unable to fold because of the battery pack, did not fit in their patrol vehicle,” the post explains.
“[Montanez] decided he would push the wheelchair to her home, about one mile, in full uniform and boots.”
Deputy Chapman can be heard in the video telling Montanez to push faster.