Employer And Community Rally To Help Disabled Security Guard

Markeys Smith had wheelchair stolen from outside his house six months ago.

Pennsylvania Man Receives Special Gift from Small Business
Handicapped and disabled workers face obstacles and discrimination other workers simply don't have to confront. Indeed, just one out of every five handicapped Americans is employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But Pennsylvania ambulance company Liberty Ambulance has both provided employment to Markeys Smith, a wheelchair-bound resident of Lancaster, Penn., and gone out of its way to make sure he can stay in the workforce after his wheelchair was stolen.

After Smith's wheelchair was robbed outside of his house, he was unable to carry out his job working surveillance for the company's base, as local NBC affiliate WGAL reported. For the job, he's asked to watch over the company's headquarters and the surrounding parking lot and alleyways.

Hearing about the news, his community responded, and a local family donated a wheelchair to Liberty Ambulance.

"I feel blessed," Smith said in the report after being given the wheelchair. (The report didn't mention how much he makes or his exact condition.)

Smith, for his part, originally landed the job through his own gumption. As he recounted in the story, he approached the company and told the managers, "I want to work. I want a job," as he can be seen saying in the video above.

According to Liberty employee Brandin Hughes, Smith is the kind of co-worker you want to help out. "He likes to work for everything himself and not really have things given to him," he told WGAL.

Smith also told the news outlet he even prefers his new wheelchair, as it enables him to stay closer to the ground. He added that he liked the red and black design. "My favorite colors," he said.

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That's great!!! The disabled are overlooked when it come to finding good employees. I know from experience

September 17 2013 at 2:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Nick Santoro

kindness is rare there should more of mother tereasa's the rich in this world should be like warren buffet bill gatesi recently came back from italy . college is free healthcare is free .......WAKE UP AMERICA as a korean war vet what i see at the va our youth miss arms leggs and for what for the fat cats of this country.

September 16 2013 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Finally some GOOD, HAPPYand UPLIFTING news!

September 16 2013 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This story made me cry, there are good wonderful people in this world and sometimes it's hard to remember that with all the ugliness and horribleness that goes on.

September 16 2013 at 11:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Was the name of the ambulance company Liberty or Loyalty ? Lets get the name right so credit can be given where credit is due !!

September 16 2013 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Don't leave anything outside your house; people are scum.

September 16 2013 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


September 16 2013 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Deacon Steve

This is such a great example of the way people can be meaningful to one another, Also I think it should inspire other businesses that handicapped workers can indeed be productive. More important, it is the personification of the spirit of helping set by President Obama with his Day of Service. The self esteem of both those helped and persons helping is boosted. Thanks to Liberty Ambulance for work, the donor for generosity and Smith for his diligence at working. It helped to start my week off in grand fashion.

September 16 2013 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What an inspiration this guy is! I bet he is LOVING that new candy apple red chair! WHOOO HOO...zoom zoom! Good for him!

September 16 2013 at 10:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Such a wonderful story and example to other companies, who can look past a wheelchair, to hire physically challenged citizens for meaningful jobs, not only for the companies' benefit, but for the self esteem of those employees they are most willing to hire. A feel good story to begin our week!

September 16 2013 at 10:13 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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