STAMFORD - A former volunteer firefighter in Stamford regained some independence after a local charity organization replaced his stolen power wheelchair.
Harold Novak was a volunteer firefighter in Stamford's Glenbrook department for about 15 years until doctors diagnosed him with multiple sclerosis.
Novak's wife, Mary Ann, says a thief stole her husband's wheelchair while they were inside a store in December.
She says she learned about the Greenwich-based Needs Clearing House organization while watching News 12 Connecticut, and gave the group a call.
"She had tried to get assistance through Medicare but had no luck," said Joe Kaliko, of the Needs Clearing House. "She said they couldn't afford a new chair. They run about $5,000."
Kaliko says that after some searching, the group found a discounted chair.
The Novaks say they are very grateful to the Needs Clearing House.