PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) - Corporal David Brown, the Montgomery Police Officer critically injured in two accidents on the same day back in September, will soon be returning home from a specialized rehab facility in Atlanta.
As one would imagine, his wife is looking forward to him being able to come home, and thanks to some local fire fighters, their home will be ready for the transition.
Inside the Brown home in Prattville, Sgt. Mark Rhodes is spending his day off sanding and repainting the front entrance.
Rhodes said, "When we saw the incident happen back in September, we knew that he would be going through a lot of challenges."
He's not only talking about Brown's physical and emotional challenges, but also the transition of his return home.
To make that easier, Rhodes and several other Prattville and Montgomery firefighters have widened all the doorways and completely redone the bathrooms, making them wheelchair accessible.
They've also made several cosmetic changes around the house, like repainting the rooms and adding a new front door.
Brown's wife, Angie, has talked to her husband about the changes. She said, "He'll say 'that's really nice; I can't believe they're doing that.' So I know it means a lot to him, especially when he sees it," she said.
Angie said, after all these months, the whole ordeal still feels like a dream.
"Just living it from day to day, it's still like it's somebody else. It still hasn't sunk in yet that this is us, it's about us, and it happened to David," she added.
But despite what they've been through, they couldn't be more thankful-- not only for his recovery, but for the outpouring of love and support from the community.
And coming to the aid of a fellow officer is something Sgt. Rhodes says holds true even off duty.
"If a situation comes where something happened to me, I know someone would step up and help my family in my time of need. And that's what we do it for," he said.
All the firefighters volunteered their time for the work, and many local businesses donated the materials and fixtures.
Community members also built a wheelchair ramp, which will soon be installed. But those who know Corporal Brown say, he'll be determined not to need it for long.
Family members say Brown is in good spirits and expect him be able to come home later this month. @