Magazine article The New American

Aiding a Veteran

Magazine article The New American

Aiding a Veteran

Article excerpt

Police officer Jordan Gaiche of Wausau, Wisconsin, was patrolling one of his neighborhoods on a freezing night when he encountered a strange situation and an opportunity to do something good.

On a below-zero night in Wausau, Officer Gaiche could not help but notice a man walking down the street wearing nothing but a t-shirt and shorts, rather unusual attire for such a cold evening. The officer stopped the man to ask if he was all right.

"I looked down at my temperature gauge and it was negative 7, which kind of concerned me," the officer told WS AW.

The man explained that his elderly neighbor, Ron Barwick, had once again gotten stuck in his broken recliner and that he was on his way to help him. Officer Gaiche agreed to go along to offer some assistance.

"The elderly gentleman had gotten stuck in his recliner and appeared to be immobile and on oxygen," said Gaiche. "It was evident that this chair was the place this man spent most of his time."

According to Gaiche, the chair did not seem like an adequate resting place for Barwick. "It had become more of a trap for injury rather than an assistive device," the officer wrote on his Facebook page. "The neighbor looked up at the man's wife and said: 'I think it's time you guys got a new chair.' The wife sadly replied that she knew they needed a new chair, but could not afford one, as they [cost] around $2,000."

Gaiche told WSAW he was "brokenhearted" when he heard that, especially when he learned that Barwick was a Navy veteran who had served two tours in Vietnam. …

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