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Millwright instructor Jerry Smith and students from the College of the North Atlantic have come through again for engineering student Mike Johnson.

Thanks to his neighbour and schoolmates, Mike Johnson of Corner Brook no longer has to rely on his wheelchair to get him around town.  Star photo by Gary Kean

For the third time this year, Mike Johnson's neighbour and his fellow schoolmates have come together to make his life a whole lot easier.

The engineering student at the Corner Brook campus of the College of the North Atlantic lost the use of his lower body in a car accident in 2010.

Earlier this year, neighbour Jerry Smith — a millwright instructor at the college — got his students to rig up a snowblower to a sleigh so Johnson could clear out his driveway. Later in the winter, they built him a specialized bobsleigh so he could compete in the Cook’s Quest bobsleigh event during the Corner Brook Winter Carnival.

Since then, Smith and the students have been collecting money to help Johnson buy a new vehicle to replace the old van that broke down on him.

Johnson now has his new rig, a 1998 Toyota Four-Runner. Johnsons uses devices that control the brake and accelerator with his hands.

Read the full story in Thursday’s edition of The Western Star and keep an eye out for video footage coming soon on this website.

 

 

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, Toyota

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Western Star

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