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Veteran Finally Gets Much-Needed Chairlift, Wheelchair Ramp

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The sound of a drill in the hands of a craftsman was the sign of a life-changing moment for James Price.

Price said it's been about three years since he's been able to shower or bathe in his house.

His current bathroom is a chair at the bottom of his stairs and the shower is a small metal wash basin.

All of that changed Tuesday though, with Carl D'Alicandro installing a chairlift that will take Price upstairs to his bath and shower for the first time in years.

"The main reason is just to help somebody," D'Alicandro said, explaining why he chose to help Price.

D'Alicandro owns A-Plus Stair Lifts. He's a one-man band who installed a chairlift in less than two hours.

"It's hard to imagine he hasn't been upstairs in years," he said. "If we can help him out now, we'll do it."

Price has cancer, lost his legs and can't get upstairs. In fact, he can't even get out of his house because he has no usable wheelchair ramp.

The 77-year-old veteran will finally get both.

The stair lift is in place and men from the Carpenters Union will put in a new wheelchair ramp Thursday. Soon his upstairs bathroom should be accessible and Price can't be more thankful.

"Oh man, it's great," he said. "It is great."

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