Friends, coworkers help paralyzed man

August 22nd, 2009    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: News

An event is taking place in the Summerside area that is evidence of the compassion and caring of Clermont countians.

Phillip Bryant of Summerside recently experienced a 24-foot fall that has left the 39-year-old as a quadriplegic.

In August of 2008, he was building a 1,100 square foot tree house in Adams County when, while up in the construction, he “leaned against a wall and fell and broke every bone in my neck, but one…It’s taken me nine months to get home.”

Phillip Bryant, center, is surrounded by his friends who have donated their time to build handicapped accessible rooms at his home in Summerside.
Friends from his Local 42 roofers union and members of St. Veronica Roman Catholic Church in Mount Carmel have united to help Bryant and his family with their new situation at home.

"All of these guys have come here to help me by building a handicap accessible room," he said very emotionally. "These are the greatest bunch of guys and people in the world."

While the construction was going on, the ladies prepared meals and snacks.

The family thanked and recognize the many who took part in this project, including Phil Bryant Jr., P. J. Oliver, David Donner, Rick Dudley, Frank Brandstetter, Wilbur Strobel, James Means, Pamela Fraley, Betty Alexander, James Wildey, Jay and Faith Johnson, Bill, Peggy, and Cody Collins, Mike and Sandy Thompson, Jesse Hovenga, Greg McKnight, Brian Robinson, Steve Conover, Latawnya Ward, Cindy Davis, Lisa Skutchall, Roy Reynolds, Mike Clark, John Kaine, Dave Sehlhorst, Erik Kramer, Anthony Bark, Joe Lewis, Bridget Combs, Brandon Burke, Tom Lehrter, Derrick Clayton, Philip Eckstien, Josh McGlone, Steve Kramer, and Sean Faulstow.

William Kramer and Son Roofing donated the roof and materials.

"I highly appreciate them. God bless them all," Bryant said.
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