Elevator crash victims in need of a ‘lift’
By Dwayne Bremer
Apr 4, 2014, 20:05
Bay St. Louis resident Roy Herron stands by an elevator at his South Carolina Street home last week.
Bay St. Louis resident Roy Herron spent most of his life serving the community he loves, but after a tragic home accident in January, he and his wife Charlotte find themselves in need of a helping hand.
Herron, 73, was a deputy sheriff in Hancock County for nearly two decades. He also served in the National Guard.
The Herrons' South Carolina Street home was heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina, but thanks to help from some volunteer groups, the home was rebuilt with an elevator to help the elderly couple.
On Jan. 9. however, tragedy struck the Herrons again.
"We had just got home from the store and we got in the elevator to go upstairs," Roy said last week. "Right before we got to the top, something broke and the elevator fell to the ground. It was a nightmare. My cell phone got smashed to pieces. I was able to crawl out and get up the stairs and call for help."
Roy suffered a leg injury, but Charlotte's injuries were much more serious, Roy said.
Since the accident, she has had several surgeries and part of her leg had to be amputated, he said.
She has also not been able to return home.
Roy said his current insurance will not pay for him to replace the elevator and he does not have the money to purchase a new one.
"It is real embarrassing," he said. "I feel like I am begging, but I don't know what else to do."
Attempts to reach out to church and non-profit groups have not yielded any results for Herron, who spends most of his time visiting with Charlotte at the hospital.
Several friends have offered to help with labor and assisting the Herrons, but so far, he has not been able to raise the $6,500 necessary to replace the elevator.
"I wish I could trade places with my wife," Roy said.
"This has been really hard on us. If anyone could point me in the right direction, it would be greatly appreciated."
Roy Herron can be reached at 228-342-9411.