Swansea EMTs take boy with cerebral palsy trick-or-treating

Austin Wildnauer, 16, has not been able to trick-or-treat for years because his wheelchair makes it difficult to get around. But this Halloween, four Swansea EMTs took Austin out for several hours and allowed him to enjoy his evening. (Photo courtesy of Eric Wildnauer)

A Swansea boy with cerebral palsy got a special Halloween thanks to local EMTs.

Austin Wildnauer, 16, has not been able to trick-or-treat for years because his wheelchair makes it difficult to get around.

But this Halloween, four Swansea EMTs took Austin out for several hours and allowed him to enjoy his evening.

“It was really heartwarming for us to see people do this: go out of their way to do something special for a kid they really don’t know,” Austin’s mother, Pam Wildnauer, said.

Austin dressed up as an EMT and visited dozens of homes. Some residents were brought to tears, his mother said.

“The whole reason we exist is to provide care to residents. It’s not always emergency care,” EMT Gary Huntress told NBC 10 News.

Austin’s mother said her son has been smiling all day.

“Whenever we talk about his night he gets all excited with the great memories he has of that,” she said. “He was the star of the night for sure. Everybody loved seeing him out and about. He didn't stop smiling the entire three hours he was trick or treating. It warmed a lot of hearts for sure.”

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