CONYERS, GA— Jerimiah Stanley, 14, now has wheelchair ramp, thanks to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office and YellaWood lumber company. Until recently, Stanley had to use a makeshift ramp made of a piece of plywood to enter and exit the brick, ranch-style home that he shares with his 78-year-old grandfather, Arthur Franklin.
Last Tuesday, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office partnered with YellaWood lumber company to build a ramp for the teen. YellaWood donated the wood needed to build the new ramp and certified contractor Toby Malcolm from Creekside Construction located in Oxford, GA volunteered his services to make and installed the new ramp at the home.
The new ramp is a life saver. Jerimiah’s motorized wheelchair weighs approximately 300 pounds, putting the teen in in danger of tipping over whenever he used the homemade ramp. Due to the poor construction of the homemade ramp and the daily use, it gradually fell apart, leaving Jerimiah confined to his home and somedays, missing school because of it.
Jerimiah’s school, Edwards Middle, became aware of his situation and made a plea for help but were unsuccessful in getting the project done. Jerimiah’s teacher, Carolina Robinson, expressed her concerns to Deputy Devra Anderson, the school’s resource officer, and she saw the immediate need to help Jerimiah. Deputy Anderson reached out to the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office for assistance.
Jerimiah’s grandfather is grateful for the help and thanks the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office and the other community partners who made this wheelchair ramp a success.