Paralyzed man is recipient of holiday spirit
Strangers, friends and family are remodeling Jesse Freeby's house to make it wheelchair accessible
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
DENNIS McCARTHY
MILWAUKIE -- Jesse Freeby never realized how many friends he has.

Not until about 60 people showed up at his Milwaukie home Monday morning -- ready to tear the place apart.

They were there to begin rebuilding the three-bedroom ranch to make it wheelchair accessible. Freeby, a 43-year-old father of three, was paralyzed when he fell July 22 while chasing a theft suspect through his neighbors' back yards.

"Incredible," said Freeby, trying to find the right word to describe his feelings when he saw the small army of volunteers and friends gathered in front of his house, armed with power tools and building supplies.

The project, dubbed the Freeby Family Home Makeover, is the brainchild of Sarah Ulricksen, administrative assistant in private client services for Wells Fargo Bank, and Terry Boyd, a disc jockey for The Buzz, a Portland radio station (FM 105.1).

Ulricksen said she was dining a few weeks ago with a friend, a Clackamas County sheriff's deputy, who reminded her of Freeby's story.

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