The Texas town of Waco and two of its most famous residents
— from HGTV show “Fixer Upper”
rallied to assist a paralyzed firefighter who needed a wheelchair-accessible home after an accident on a billboard platform left him unable to move from the chest down.
Chip and Joanna Gaines, who renovate and design homes in the Waco area for their clients on “Fixer Upper,” contributed $20,000 to help with lumber costs after 80 percent of the house had already been donated by various other Waco residents, according to an article in the Texas Hill Country publication.
The man in need, Garth Goodwin, has a tie to the Gainses in more ways than one. On a part-time basis, he put together the larger-than-life rolling panels that hide the newly redone homes during the big reveal on “Fixer Upper” and then are pulled away to show the dream home beyond.
He had just finished that job when his accident at another site — 12 to 13 feet in the air on a billboard platform — led to his paralysis. Goodwin’s tools during the off-duty gig accidentally touched exposed electrical wires, throwing him the many feet to the ground. He was found an hour and a half later.
Following the accident, his fellow firefighters reached out to local contractor Wes Waller, according to the Texas Hill Country story, for help building a wheelchair-accessible house for the Goodwin family. Eager to do his part, he wrote a Facebook post asking for the material and monetary help to build it, a need that was largely met within a week’s time.
The goal is to have the house ready for Goodwin and his family by the holidays. There is still a GoFundMe campaign asking for donations that will help pay for his medical bills.
“Fixer Upper” wrapped up season four of its popular show in the spring.