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Samaritans grant a Christmas wish

Accessible shower being built for resident injured performing heroic deed

December 9, 2012
Morning Journal News

SALEM - Several local businesses and individual donors are offering time and money to grant a Christmas wish for Alissa Boyle, the 2008 United Local graduate injured while helping at an automobile crash earlier this year.

Coordinated by general contractor Shagnot Construction, the group of good Samaritans are donating time and money to install a handicap accessible shower onto an existing bathroom at the Boyle home just south of Salem.

Plans are to have the shower in by Christmas, according to Frank Shagnot Sr.

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Alissa Boyle, with her parents Lori and Jim Boyle, look through tile at Home Depot of Salem that will be used in a handicap accessible shower being installed at the family home through the efforts of several area businesses and private donations. Boyle was paralyzed from the waist down while attempting to help at an automobile crash in February. Joining the Boyles are, from left, Frank Shagnot Jr. of Shagnot Construction, Jim Rupert of Home Depot, Pastor Rod Doran of Community Bible Church, Greg Habeth of United Rentals, Dan Gribben of Home Depot and Frank Shagnot Sr. of Shagnot Construction. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)

"Everybody involved has said the same thing, everybody has wanted to help out," he said. "We want to help out because of the situation...she is an invalid because she saved a man."

In February Boyle, who was set to graduate from the nursing program at Waynesburg University in May, jumped from an overpass on Interstate 79 in Pennsylvania, falling over 40 feet, to avoid being struck by oncoming traffic while assisting a man injured in a crash. She is now paralyzed from the waist down, but has resumed her studies and is continuing therapy in an effort to walk again.

Shagnot, who sings with Boyle's father, Jim, in a quartet, said the project has been in the works for almost two months.

Businesses also donating to the project include Jason Brown of Guilford Lake for tile installation, Home Depot of Salem for supplies and materials, United Rentals for an excavator and Mr. Guttermaker of Sebring for gutter work.

The Community Bible Church in Beloit has also made a monetary donation to the project and there are many other private donations, as well.

Boyle offered a heartfelt thanks to those in the community who have helped her in her recovery and transition in life, and recognized the efforts of those working on this project.

"It means a lot to me," she said. "This is going to help out a lot, make life a little easier for me."



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