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Peterborough Firefighters save the day for terminally ill man

Leo Webb may not have long to live and after days of dark, gloomy, rain, he wanted to get out and see the sunshine yesterday. However that’s easier said than done when you live on the third floor of an apartment building with no elevator and you have advanced cancer.

Leo was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer last November and treatments aren’t working. A combination of the cancer itself and chemo have left him very ill and unable to walk without assistance. Leo’s wife Connie spends her days making sure Leo’s last days are as comfortable as possible. “My heart is breaking because Leo is my world, my rock and my soulmate, I dont know what I am going to do without him” she says.

So when Leo wanted to go outside and Connie couldn’t help him get there she called in reinforcements. The Peterborough Fire Department. “They are my hero’s they gave him a chance to go outside possibly one last time.”

Connie says when she called the Peterborough Fire Department they didn’t hesitate to come and help Leo. “They said that they would gladly do it baring any emergencies they would be here whenever we needed them” she told Kawartha 411.

Firefighters used the Evac Chair to practically carry Leo out of the apartment building. They returned later to take him back inside.

Before Leo got sick the couple used to go out side and sit every day, even in the rain according to Connie. But since Leo got sick all of that changed. She says “Leo doesnt have much longer so we decided that we needed to go and do it today”.

And thanks to the Peterborough Fire Department that’s exactly what they did.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help Leo and Connie with expenses. Click here for more:https://www.gofundme.com/leos-cancer-care-fund

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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