March 17: Brad Hughes was injured helping a stranded driver
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -
The community came together Saturday to help a Chesterfield security officer who lost his legs trying to help a stranded driver.
The law enforcement non-profit “Law Sons and Daughters” sponsored the event. About a dozen volunteers helped renovate Brad Hughes’ house to make it handicap accessible. They spent most of the day building a new ramp, refinishing the front porch and installing wider doors inside the home. Volunteers will also be renovating his bathroom and re-paving his driveway for easier wheelchair access.
Hughes has had trouble getting around his home since having both legs amputated after an accident two months ago. It was an icy day on March 17 when he pulled over to help a disabled driver on Midlothian Turnpike. The slick roadways caused another vehicle to crash into his SUV, pinning Hughes between two cars.
"Brad is known in the community as just a very wonderful person, a very giving person and that's the type of candidate we like to help,” said Brian Angone, president of “Law Sons and Daughters.” The local organization is dedicated to helping first responder heroes after a debilitating or life-threatening injury or illness.
The non-profit also surprised Hughes with a new, handicapped-modified van so he can drive again.
"Just seeing all this today, has really gotten to him and the family is so appreciative," said attorney Jeffrey Oppleman, who is Hughes’ spokesperson.
The entire project cost around $65,000 and most of the money was donated. Several companies provided supplies and volunteers from Legacy Construction, Deck Tech and Mattonella INC did the renovations for free.
Even though Hughes still has a lot of medical treatment ahead of him, he’s already thinking about how to help the next person. "Brad's going to join us. He's going to helping us out with other people down the road,” Angone said.
The renovations will be complete in a couple weeks.