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Community steps in to help local veteran

Business owner helps local veteran
Posted at 1:17 AM, Mar 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 01:17:35-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Most people own an air compressor, but it’s essential for anyone in a wheelchair.

Veteran Scott Utley’s air compressor and wheelchair were stolen out of his garage last week which sparked a reaction from the community, including 2 Veterans Handyman Service business owner Todd Williams.

“First thing that popped into my head was, ‘he’s disabled in a wheelchair.’ And without that air compressor he can’t go out in the garage, and he can’t fill up the tires of his wheelchair,” Williams said.

Williams messaged Utley on Facebook right when he found out, reassuring that his air compressor will get replaced.

“For somebody to come in his garage, and take his stuff, take his wheelchair? That takes a low-life, that’s just a downright dirty person,” Williams said.

A veteran himself, Williams says he’s a firm believer in giving back to those serving our country.

“They sacrificed a lot for us,” Williams said. “I just think it’s my way of saying, ‘Hey, thanks for what you’re doing, appreciate it.’”

Utley says the amount of support he’s received is overwhelming.
“I know marines aren’t supposed to cry, but this has brought tears to my eyes. I don’t even have words,” Utley said.