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Chip & Joanna Gaines Join the Waco Community in Assisting a Paralyzed Firefighter

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Joining together with their community, Chip and Joanna Gaines have “chipped in” to assist in constructing a new home for a Waco firefighter who became paralyzed on a local billboard job just hours after completing work on a prop for their show. Garth Goodwin left his part-time job he was completing for the Gaines’ “Fixer Upper” show to go to work on the billboard where KWTX reported that he was electrocuted in a freak accident.

Chip & Joanna Gaines Join the Waco Community in Assisting a Paralyzed Firefighter

Photo: Facebook/Rissa Shaw

When Goodwin’s tools touched exposed electrical wires, he was thrown 12 to 13 feet from the billboard’s platform. He wasn’t found until approximately an hour-and-a-half later, the accident having left him paralyzed from the chest down. His firefighter friends reached out to local contractor, Wes Waller of UBI Products, and requested help. In an interview with Fox News, Waller explained, “The firemen called me and they said, ‘Hey, we’re firemen and we don’t know how to build a house…Can you help us?’ I said ‘absolutely.'”

Chip & Joanna Gaines Join the Waco Community in Assisting a Paralyzed Firefighter

Photo: Facebook/Rissa Shaw

Waller quickly made a Facebook post asking if people would donate their materials, money, and time to assist in a wheelchair-accessible home for Goodwin, who also has a 19-year-old son who was missing a portion of his brain at birth. “Within a week, 80 percent of the house was donated,” Waller explained. The only remaining item was the lumber cost which came with a $20,000 price tag. That’s when he decided to reach out to Chip and Joanna Gaines for help. Waller also readily received the assistance of his famous cousin, country singer Wade Bowen, who told him he would “fill in the gaps.”

Chip & Joanna Gaines Join the Waco Community in Assisting a Paralyzed Firefighter

Photo: Facebook/Rissa Shaw

Waller was very thankful for the support of the HGTV stars but said he didn’t want to go without acknowledging the people of Waco who supported Goodwin in his time of need. In a statement captured by Fox News, Waller noted, “I know Chip and Joanna, they’re huge, and they did connect the last dot, but none of these dots would be connected without the great people from central Texas. If anything, this would not be happening if the firefighters wouldn’t have called and asked, ‘What can we do to build a house?'”

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Fox News