PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland police officer who was paralyzed in a training accident last year now has a new wheelchair-accessible van, thanks to a local couple’s generosity.
Officer Paul Meyer was taking part in ATV training when a tree fell on him last fall. Three weeks ago, Meyer was honored for 20 years of service at a special ceremony.
Ron Villenave and his wife said they wanted to help Meyer, so they bought him a new Toyota Sienna van. The van has room for a wheelchair, and will soon have customized steering wheel controls so Meyer can drive.
Villenave, who is a retired Marine, said he met Meyer once about two years ago during a traffic stop. He said they talked for about five minutes, and that was enough for him to recognize Meyer when he recently saw him on the news.
“During that brief meeting he was just a super nice guy,” said Villenave. “When you look in somebody’s eyes, and you can see care, that says a lot.”
Villenave and Meyer plan to meet once Meyer has a chance to spend more time with his family.