ALBANY, GA (WALB) - First responders joined volunteers to build a wheelchair ramp for the family of a 4-year-old accident victim.
RSVP ramp builders constructed a ramp for Prince Wheeler who nearly drowned last summer.
Albany Police officers and firefighters joined the volunteers to help the family.
Even among the toughest police officers and firefighters, there were very few dry eyes on Thursday Prince rolled down the new ramp built at his home.
Prince, helped by his father Corey Wheeler and a nurse, tried out his new wheelchair ramp for the very first time, and it was a big relief for the family.
"It will make it a lot easier for us," said Corey.
Up until now, the family would have to use the front door for Prince.
"The father was telling me how rough a time they had in trying to get over those steps. And how dangerous it was becoming," explained RSVP Ramp Builders President Jim Hall.
So, the Ramp Builders went to work Thursday morning, constructing a ramp.
For the third time, they were joined by volunteer Albany Police officers and firefighters, in the building.
"It's a wonderful thing. To be able to come out and help the community. Especially ones who are disabled and need the help," said Albany Firefighter AOE Jason Hancock.
On July 5, Prince slipped away from his family and nearly drowned in a Northwest Albany apartment pool.
He spent months in hospitals recovering.
"He is doing a lot better now. He's still in a semi-coma state. But he's improving day to day," explained Corey. "Things change over a period of time. And we can see God's work here."
The notice for the ramp build went out, and there was no shortage of first responders willing to help.
"His story, amongst all the stories, have been just compelling. And we're just glad that we are able to be a part of making things a little bit easier for them, as they go through the recovery process," said Albany Police Media Manager Phyllis Banks.
It only took the ramp builders about two hours to build the ramp, but for the Wheeler family, it's a cherished gift from the community.
"Now we have an accessible ramp where we can continue with his fighting chance," said Corey.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account to try to pay some of the medical bills they are facing.
If you would like to make a donation, you can do so at the Save Prince Wheeler's Life page.