New Way of Life for Injured Sheriff's Deputy

August 10, 2011 Updated Aug 10, 2011 at 5:38 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

...
August 10, 2011 Updated Aug 10, 2011 at 5:38 PM EDT

(WKBW)
Newfane, NY

Home Depot donated a wheel chair ramp and deck that the Wilson Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 helped to build and install Wednesday at Deputy Allen Gerhardt's parent's house.

Deputy Gerhardt was responding to a call on Lake Road in the Town of Porter on July 18th when he lost control of his patrol car and slammed into a guardrail. The crashed severed his legs.

When Gerhardt is released from ECMS he will stay at his parent's Newfane Home during the day when his wife is at work and his children are at school.

A wheel chair ramp made from recycled ramps used for injured firefighters has already been installed at Gerhardt's own home.

Deputy Gerhardt may be released from ECMC by the end of the week to continue his therapy at home. He will receive prosthetic legs and plans to return to work when he is completely recovered.