Firefighters escort woman in wheelchair forced off sidewalks

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News

OMAHA, Neb. (AP)

        A woman in a wheelchair who was forced off snowy sidewalks into a busy Omaha thoroughfare eventually received a showy escort: a firetruck.

        Firefighters driving back to their station after a call Tuesday night noticed the woman headed down a street as cars zipped past. The crew watched her almost get hit by a truck and try to get back on a sidewalk that was blocked by snow and construction items.     

        Fire Capt. Mike Henrich said it was cold out, “but the most important thing is, it was dark.” The wind child that night: minus 18 degrees (minus 28 Celsius).

        The firefighters soon flipped on their lights and followed the woman until she reached her destination. She gave them a thumbs-up  as they departed.