Volunteers and first responders build ramp for girl hit at cross - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Volunteers and first responders build ramp for girl hit at crosswalk

As a 10-year-old girl recovers in Atlanta after being struck at a crosswalk on her way to school, volunteers and first responders have been hard at work building a ramp for her return home. (Source: WALB) As a 10-year-old girl recovers in Atlanta after being struck at a crosswalk on her way to school, volunteers and first responders have been hard at work building a ramp for her return home. (Source: WALB)
It was not only an emotional moment for the community, but also for the first responders at the crash scene. (Source: WALB) It was not only an emotional moment for the community, but also for the first responders at the crash scene. (Source: WALB)
Albany Police Corporal Terry Brown (Source: WALB) Albany Police Corporal Terry Brown (Source: WALB)
Joe Paquette (Source: WALB) Joe Paquette (Source: WALB)
Jahkara (left) and Ada Arnold (Source: Family) Jahkara (left) and Ada Arnold (Source: Family)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

First responders joined volunteers to build a ramp for one of the Albany children hit by a car walking to school last month.

Jahkara Arnold, 10, is still hospitalized in Atlanta.

Albany Police, firefighters and the SOWEGA Council On Aging Ramp Builders are building a ramp so her home will be ready for her when she gets out of the hospital.

Last month when the four children were struck by a car, one was killed and two suffered serious injuries.  

It was not only an emotional moment for the community, but also for the first responders at the crash scene.

The first officer to reach the children when they were struck by the car, was Albany Police Corporal Terry Brown.  

On Tuesday, Brown was one of dozens of first responders helping build Jahkara's ramp.

"I took it personal from first arriving on scene," said Brown. "To seeing a child go through such a traumatic event."

So on Tuesday, Brown and dozens of other Albany Police officers were at the Arnold home at 8 a.m. to build a wheelchair ramp for Jahkara.

Jahkara is still hospitalized at Atlanta's Scottish Rite Hospital. She continues rehabilitation for her left leg, side and arm, but her mother said that she is making miraculous improvements.

"Very much of a miracle. Surgeons, everybody was telling me for the things that she's been through, what happened to her, she's a miracle," explained Jahkara's mother Ada Arnold.

Ada said that it may be weeks before Jahkara can return home, but when she does, the wheelchair ramp will be ready because of all of the dedicated volunteers.  

"Oh this is great. When I saw the news about the family, it really touched. I figured at some point we would be building a ramp for this young lady," explained Joe Paquette with the Albany Ramp Builders.

"It's just a joy to give back to somebody that actually needs it," said Brown.

Brown talked with Jahkara on the phone Tuesday morning and said that he is very happy to hear her laughing, and saying she is ready to come back home.  

And when she does, a ramp will be there to help with the homecoming, and the Arnolds wanted to send their thanks.

"I'm thankful for everyone's help and their curiosity," explained Ada. "Calling me and supporting us by phone. Praying for us, and everything. And I appreciate everyone's help, all of this."

Ada said that she has few clothes with her since going to Atlanta suddenly almost a month ago, and that she has seen none of the money donated to help the affected families, and could use some more clothes.  

Copyright 2016 WALB. All rights reserved. 

Powered by Frankly