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Local firefighter and veteran receives much-needed gift

By Ruben Lowman

Local Grand Strand first responders, military supporters and veteran’s advocates worked in tandem to help one of their own with some vital relief at an important time in Little River last Thursday morning. 

The North Myrtle Beach Rescue Squad presented veteran and former firefighter William H. Ewe with a gifted motorized wheelchair and vehicle carrier at the Veteran’s Welcome Home and Resource Center on Highway 57 in Little River. 

The local first responder groups worked together to bring Ewe, who served in the National Guard before retiring after spending over 50 years as a firefighter, the much-needed transportation aid after he has been largely homebound due to a recent medical condition. 

Friends and family were all in attendance to help Ewe celebrate the new “wheels” in style and the man of the hour said he was enthused to get back into his usual swing of things, first by heading down Highway 57 to get some breakfast at Curley’s Cafe.

“Hopefully I can go down 57 to go to Curley’s for breakfast,” he said. “That’s my goal.”

Officials with the NMB Rescue Squad said they are more than happy to help individuals such as Ewe who are in need with re-gifted equipment whenever they have the ability to. 

“We hope that his new form of transportation gives him years of mobility,” NMB Rescue Squad said. 

After receiving the wheelchair and travel carrier, Ewe and his friends and family, along with members of the first responder groups, were treated to lunch at Mission BBQ in North Myrtle Beach. 

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