WACO (March 16, 2013)--The Waco Police Association built a wheelchair ramp for fellow officer Ricky Bates and his family Saturday morning.
The Waco Police Association and various members of the police department surprised Bates by showing up with a motorized wheelchair and ready to build a ramp for Bates' wife, Barbara.
Barbara Bates has been fighting a spinal fluid leak that is leaking into her brain for three years.
She has been through three brain surgeries and struggles with the aftermath of a stroke, fibromyalgia, and a loss of balance.
"Officer Bates brought to our attention, they have a problem getting her in and out of the house so we came up with the idea of coming out here and volunteering our time to build the ramp," Officer DJ Adams said.
The association also donated a recliner and regular wheelchair to the Bates family.
"They (Doctors) can't do anything with the issue as far as the health problems other than basically just try to control her pain and make her as comfortable as she can be," Officer Bates said.
This was only one part of the gift presented to the Bates family by the association.
The association will also hold a raffle to raise money for the family's medicals bills.
"So many people have come out of the woodwork and done so much for us and it's just such a blessing," Officer Bates said.
To buy raffle tickets, just go to http://wacopa.org/.