FAIRFIELD, CA - Thanks to a group of Good Samaritans, a disabled Fairfield veteran has a new tricycle to replace one thieves stole last week.
Jerry Ferguson was left with a speech impairment and mobility and balance problems after a motorcycle accident. He depends on a tricycle to get around. Last Wednesday, the trike was stolen from Ferguson's driveway. His Bible was in the basket.
"I didn't realize how much it affected me until I didn't go nowhere," said Ferguson.
After seeing Ferguson's situation on News10, some viewers immediately offered to help. One was Bruce Toelle in Wilton.
"I want to help him. I want to do whatever it takes," said Toelle.
He pledged to replace Jerry's bike and within a few hours, others stepped up, too. Toelle's neighbor Dennis Larson and his 18-year-old daughter wrote checks. In fact, a number of people wanting to help Ferguson raised more than $700 and a week later, the Good Samaritans delivered a new, fully-detailed trike with a basket, headlights and a lock this time.
"Bruce did a good job. Thank you," said Ferguson.
"You're more than welcome, buddy," said Toelle.
The Fairfield vet feels like he has his independence back.
"Probably go to Dollar Tree and Sunday, I'll go to church, cause I believe in God," said Ferguson.
"If it wasn't for Tara and you guys for helping me regain my mobility,I'd be in trouble," he added.
"You can only do what you can do. This was an opportunity to give back," said Toelle.