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County groups get together to help Brule man with ramp

Submitted photo Left to right, Ramp committee chairwoman Jeanne Joseph, John Weiss, Dave Hultman, Fred Baue, construction leader Bill Trautt, Kent Getty, Iron River Lions vice president Kim Hamilton, and Bong-Hofstedt American Legion Post 409 of Poplar Sergeant at Arms Jeff Nevin, post commander Walter Olson, and adjutant Chad La Lor pose for a picture in the midst of building a ramp for Brule veteran Richard Woerle.

Superior Telegram

Lions and motorcycle enthusiasts helped veterans care for one of their own this year.

A new ramp was built at the home of Korean War Air Force veteran Richard Woerle of Brule who is facing significant health issues. Realizing Woerle’s need for a ramp on his house, Bayfield County Veterans Service Officer Kevin Johnson contacted Chad La Lor, post adjutant of Bong-Hofstedt American Legion Post 409 in Poplar. While the Iron River Lions Club had offered to design and build the deck, they were seeking help funding the project.

Over the last few years, Poplar-area residents have held a fundraiser in the winter called the Warrior Ride to raise money to support veterans. Proceeds from the ride organized primarily by Mike and Karen Nevin, have for the past three years been turned over to the Bong-Hofstedt Post 409 to oversee and distribute. Mike Nevin is the son of the Sergeant-at-Arms at the Bong-Hofstedt Post, Jeff Nevin, a Vietnam Army veteran.

Proceeds from past rides have been donated to the local Salvation Army veteran’s fund, the veterans’ home in Chippewa Falls and a veterans’ retreat being built in Dairyland.

La Lor contacted committee members charged with overseeing the distribution of the Warrior Ride money, and they quickly approved donating $1,500 toward construction of the ramp.

Iron River Building Supplies donated the remaining amount and supplied lumber for the project.

Woerle was thrilled with the response by the Iron River Lions and the Bong-Hofstedt American Legion Post. He knew he needed a ramp, and said that he’d been contacted just a few weeks prior, and before he knew it “they were here constructing this ramp.”

Commander Walter Olson said that as veterans, it is their pleasure to be able to continue serving fellow veterans, in the same spirit that these veterans served our country.