Veteran receives ramp

Bob Zorman, left, constructed a ramp for Andover veteran Bill Hering, who battled COVID-19 for three months said Jack Burlingame, right, who helped organize the financing for the ramp through the Ashtabula American Legion Dewey Howlett Post 103.

ANDOVER — A Vietnam-era veteran, who had a three-month bout with COVID-19, recently received a new way to get into his home.

A new wooden ramp was completed this past weekend to insure Andover resident Bill Hering would be able to get into his home, said Jack Burlingame, adjutant treasurer of the Disabled American Veterans.

He said the bout with the coronavirus placed Hering in a wheelchair and his wife was concerned how she would be able to get him to the house.

“I started to reach out to fellow veterans,” Burlingame said.

He discussed the issue with Frank Adley, commander of the Ashtabula American Legion Dewey Howlett Post 103, and the project moved quickly to fruition. Adley said the post does 10 to 30 projects a year for veterans and helps fund others for surrounding veterans organizations.

Within a short period of time three bids were received and Bob Zorman, owner of Progressive On-Site Solutions, was chosen to do the work, Burlingame said.

“He was the only American Disability Act bid,” he said.

Zorman said he doesn’t do a lot of ramps, but has been active in the ADA compliancy business with commercial stores.

“Quality to me is in the little things,” Burlingame said of the work Zorman did to insure the ramp was safe, sturdy and efficient.

Burlingame said the post funded the entire project that cost just under $6,000. Zorman said lumber costs have tripled and increased the cost of the project.

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