Disabled veteran gets chairlift at no cost from concerned Norwalk business owner

Kevin Finn, the owner of Accessible Answers LLC in Norwalk, saw the story and contacted News 12, saying that he wanted to install a $3,000 chairlift at no charge.

News 12 Staff

Mar 27, 2021, 5:18 PM

Updated 1,157 days ago

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A 61-year-old disabled veteran recently featured on News 12 received a chairlift for his home thanks to a good Samaritan who watched the story.
News 12 reported last month that Raye Ruff, 61, is suffering the effects of T.B.I. due to one stroke and two car accidents. His wife, Darleen Ruff, told News 12 the couple needs a first-floor apartment because Ruff can no longer get up and down the stairs, leaving him stuck on the second floor.
Kevin Finn, the owner of Accessible Answers LLC in Norwalk, saw the story and contacted News 12, saying that he wanted to install a $3,000 chairlift at no charge.
Since March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, Finn said he could think of no better time to make the gift, especially since Ruff served his country in uniform.
"You know, I just believe in people helping each other out any way they can. It just makes for a better world," Finn said.
"God could not have given me to better angels besides you, Frank [Recchia], for everything you have helped me with, and for Kevin to offer to come and do this," Darleen Ruff said.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal applauded Finn for helping to solve the couple's problem.
"This team, Frank Recchia and Kevin Finn, working together really came through for Raye Ruff -- a hero, a veteran who deserved this help," Blumenthal said.
Thanks to his new chairlift, Ruff was able to walk out into the fresh air with a little help from his family.
Finn said he was humbled by the chance to help the veteran in such a meaningful way.
"I may be in a position like this myself some day and maybe this is just my way of paying it forward," Finn said, who added that he's inspired by the example of his father, who he said loved to help others.


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