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Early Christmas for disabled north Idaho man

By Annie Bishop, KXLY4 Reporter , annieb@kxly.com
Published On: Dec 22 2012 06:12:30 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 23 2012 11:54:43 AM CST
Early Christmas for disabled north Idaho man
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Christmas arrived early for a disabled Coeur d'Alene vet in desperate need of a new recliner.
 
Over the past few months, Zim Burean has been forced to call the Coeur d'Alene Fire Department several times a week for help. 
 
Burean, who is a Vietnam veteran, has diabetes and lost his left years ago.  


 
He spends most of his day in a recliner he bought years ago, but it's uncomfortable and difficult to get out of.
 
"And I have fallen on several occasions, called the paramedics to help pick me up," Zim Burean said.
 
On Saturday, firefighters with Coeur d'Alene Fire Station 2 delivered a new lift recliner to Burean's home.
 
"It's like the people rushing up to your door and saying you've won a million dollars something like that-  to me it was the feeling that I got," he added.
 
The chair comes with a remote control and gently lifts Burean up, making it easier to get out.
 
"We care about everyone we help out," said Capt. Bill Deruyter, with Fire Station 2.
 
"This time of the year it's just the right thing to do at the right time," he said.
 
"I don't know what to say thank you so much," Burean said.

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