Charleston Deputies Gift Wheelchair to Elderly Man In Need

July 17, 2017, 11:07 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (CAROLINE BALCHUNAS, WTAT-T) — It’s a story that will make you smile! A Charleston sheriff’s deputy went above and beyond the call of duty to help an elderly man in need.

To protect and serve, those are words Deputy Brian Moniz takes to heart. They are also words he lives by.

Deputy Moniz says he was sent to check on a man who had not been heard from in awhile.

The man, known simply as Mr. Nesbitt, was OK — but Moniz discovered he was recovering from surgery and was struggling to get around with an amputated leg and only a walker.

“Wheels started turning, I remembered that I had one at my house somewhere,” Moniz recalled. “I just remembered seeing it when I was out there one day and then this happened, so it’s almost like the good Lord had a plan for it.”

On Wednesday, Moniz and another deputy delivered a wheelchair to the 83-year old.

“We hugged, shook hands, high-fived and chatted for a few minutes while breakfast was cooking on the stove,” Moniz said. “It’s always somewhat emotional. Even though we try to be the tough guy all the time, you get a little tear in your eye.”

Moniz says it is moments like this that make his job worth it. He also says the wheelchair comes under one condition; “When I got it out there to him, we talked and I told him, ‘look, you got to put your name on it’ and he said, ‘well I’m already naming it, we’re calling it the Cruising Cadillac.’” laughed Moniz. “I said, ‘well you’re going to be chasing around your lady friend now, so she better watch out.’”