Injured Police Officer Receives Life-Changing Donation of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle
BraunAbility, Carver Toyota, and Superior Van and Mobility joined fellow Hoosiers to gift an accessible vehicle to a police officer who was paralyzed in the line of duty.
INDIANAPOLIS - March 29, 2023 - Indiana police officer Dustin Moody was paralyzed in a terrible line-of-duty crash in June 2022 while trying to get an impaired driver off the streets. Since then, he has fought through extensive rehabilitation to get back to his wife Emily and their two beautiful kids, but they still had many obstacles to overcome to return to a normal life, including needing a wheelchair-accessible van, modifications to their home, and the loss of Emily’s income as a teacher as she focuses on being home to assist him and to care for their two beautiful children during his recovery process.
On March 28th at Superior Van & Mobility on the south side of Indianapolis, Officer Moody and his family were presented with a new modified van. This van will allow the whole family to get out of the house and regain their independence.
The Carver Toyota dealership in nearby Columbus generously donated the van chassis that was converted for wheelchair accessibility by BraunAbility. The finished BraunAbility Toyota Hybrid arrived at Superior Van & Mobility’s Indianapolis location, where the final customized fittings for Officer Moody were completed. Installation of Q-Straint retractable belts will ensure Officer Moody’s wheelchair is secure while he’s in the vehicle. Superior will be the servicing dealer for the mobility equipment and mobility conversion related vehicle elements in the future.
UpLift Johnson County joined with the Central Indiana Police Foundation in a fundraising effort to give this hometown hero and his family a new start.
Wendy McClellan, Executive Director for UpLift Johnson County said, “Thank you to all of those who donated, shared social media posts, and told friends and family about Officer Moody. We especially want to thank Carver Toyota of Columbus and BraunAbility for their donation and hard work to customize this van for exactly what the Moodys needed.”