Good Samaritans Help Man in Wheelchair Get Home

By: News Email
By: News Email

An inspirational and moving story out of Destin this weekend. A local man, Clarence Hinch, was driving on Highway 98 Friday evening when he spotted a man wheeling down the road equipped with an orange flag, a couple bags and a sign that said Des Moines, Iowa on the back of his wheel chair.

Hinch pulled over to ask the man where he was coming from, and the homeless man, Bill Lewis, said Tallahassee. Bill had wheeled himself from Tallahassee to Destin and had blisters all over his hands to prove it.

The good Samaritan picked Bill up and checked him into the Summer Place Inn in Destin for a night. Bill says he has a pregnant fiancé at home in Iowa and believes he should be with her through the pregnancy. He was prepared to roll all the way there.

Hotel manager, Mistelle Langen felt compelled to help Bill get home. She decided to post the story on facebook and within two hours, people from all over the country were reaching out to help. They were able to collect enough money to buy Bill a bus ticket home to Des Moines, Iowa.

"You know what, there's feelings like you just don't know. There's excitement. I'm just ecstatic that there are people that are willing to do this," said Bill Lewis.

"We need people that appreciate the small things in life. We have all of this. And he reminded me to remember you have this too," said Hotel General Manager, Mistelle Langen.

Bill says he used to clean windows for a living and lost his legs after falling six stories and landing on his feet in 2005. He came to Florida for a vacation and decided to stay. But on Sunday morning, Bill left from Ft. Walton beach headed for Des Moines, Iowa thanks to several generous and caring people from all over the country.


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  • by Jim Location: Callaway on Sep 21, 2010 at 02:26 PM
    I served with him in Nam. He got his legs blown off dragging five wounded men to safety. He was shot up pretty bad when we choppered him out. Didn't think he had made it until he showed up at my door a week ago. He's got a gal out west that is carrying his baby. The baby has problems from all the Agent Orange we inhaled back in 67.
  • by Brian Location: Panama City on Sep 21, 2010 at 04:03 AM
    I'm not saying that this guy is lying. But we see these kind of people every day at Bay Medical Center with all kinds of sob stories...most of which are total fabrications. Some will lie right to your face. They've been doing it for a long time and know how to manipulate people.
  • by lee Location: springfield,fl on Sep 20, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    BEWARE! This man has been in the callaway area for the past couple of weeks giving a different story than what he is giving on the news.Talking with him on the trolley he was talking about the check he got every month and how hisgirlfriend was on her way here from iowa to live with him here.Nothing was ever said about her being pregnant.You should investigate someones story before giving money.Too many people are living off the kindness of others while others that truly need help are living on the streets or being evicted from their homes.
  • by ross"doc" Location: Fountain on Sep 20, 2010 at 04:43 AM
    God Bless, all who helped, what a wonder full story. doc ellis
  • by Chester Location: Panama City on Sep 19, 2010 at 11:59 PM
    How did His girfriend get pregnant? I mean, I know the mechanics of reproduction, but there's a lot of distance between here and Iowa!
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