The Richmond County Sheriff's Office is known for fighting crimes and solving problems. Today, they took their skills to another level by helping a little boy and his mother get on track. Dee Griffin has the story.
After hearing about a local boy who needed a special wheelchair, Richmond County Sheriff's deputies went from protecting to serving and fulfilling a heart's desire.
At four years old, Noah Williams has never walked a day in his life.. But he has logged a lot of miles. "We've done 10ks, we've done 5ks. We do local races, we do out of town races," says Noah's mother, Naomi.
Noah was born after only 26 weeks of gestation and has cerebral palsy. But that hasn't stopped Noah or his mother, Naomi, who is an avid runner. For them, running has helped Noah physically and mentally. "When he is agitated and I can't console him if I can get him in his stroller and we go outside for a walk or run it puts him to sleep and calms him," explains Williams.
Recently, Noah faced a bump in the road when his mother was denied a grant for a special chair used for running. After hearing about it, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office put wheels in motion to get Noah in gear.
During a news conference, deputies surprised Noah and Naomi with a new stroller that was purchased by the Sheriff's Office with donated funds. "It was something that we had to do. It's part of our community. We were able to do it so we didn't think twice about it," says Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree.
You can't have new wheels without taking them for a spin. So, members of the Sheriff's Office running team and Naomi's running partners from Black Girls Run Augusta joined for a short run specially for Noah.
Noah may not take any steps, but, this is one way for him to make strides toward more joy in his journey in life. "The promise I made to him when the Doctors gave me no hope of him being able to walk was as long as I'm able to walk and as long as I'm able to run that I would run until he was able to," says Naomi Williams.
Sheriff Roundtree says this was a community effort. He says employees from Outspoken bicycle volunteered their time to assemble the special chair. In Augusta, Dee Griffin, WJBF News Channel 6.
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