Earlier this year, Butler County paramedic Byron McNary helped put Chuck and Marilyn Powell on a helicopter after a motorcycle accident nearly killed them.
On Friday, McNary, his captain and other co-workers plan to help the Powells again.
Ten months after the crash that paralyzed each from the chest down, the Powells came home last week from Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital.
The Wichita Eagle published a story Sunday about the milestone.
One of McNary’s co-workers pointed out the story to McNary. McNary wanted to help.
He and his co-workers plan to install new flooring at the Powells’ home between Rose Hill and Derby on Friday. Friends of the Powells already had purchased the flooring but needed someone to install it.
“We normally don’t get to follow up on a lot of the patients we see,” McNary said Tuesday. “I thought it would be a neat thing for us to go out and be able to help.”
McNary owns rental properties, and he and his EMS captain work on houses together, he said.
The flight medics who transported the Powells via helicopter to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis might even help out, McNary said.
“Quite a few of our paramedics are planning to come out,” he said.
The Powells, both 63, are humbled by the outreach.
They also heard from Mona Meyer, who, with her husband, Ron, plans to buy a front-loading washer and dryer for the Powells on Thursday.
Meyer said she read the story on Christmas Day, which included information about things the Powells needed to help them live independently. She discussed it with her husband and two grown sons and decided “Why not?”
“It’s better to give back then get,” she said.
Meyer called the Powells. “Mrs. Powell was somewhat in awe. I think she thought it wasn’t real. I told her ‘This is for real.’ ”
Meyer said she is a school nurse at Andale Elementary and Andale High School, and her husband is a farmer. Although they don’t think of themselves as wealthy, she said, they have enough to help.
“We usually adopt families for Christmas, but we didn’t really do that this year. Time just got away from me,” she said.
She joked that her family probably will end up buying the Powells a new stove, too.
Meyer said the Powells’ story was inspirational — particularly that the couple have been married 45 years.
“It really moved me,” she said.
Marilyn Powell said she was moved by others’ response.
“There are just really good people out there,” she said. “You hear about the bad things, but there are really good people out there.”