Men of Courage builds wheelchair ramp for victim of Cotton Valley gas explosion

Reagan Hardaway has been hospitalized since May
Published: Oct. 5, 2022 at 3:39 PM CDT
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WEBSTER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - A nonprofit group spent the day Wednesday working to build a wheelchair ramp for one of the victims of the gas explosion in Cotton Valley that happened back in May.

Reagan Hardaway was one of the three men badly burned in that explosion. The other two are Chancey Hawk and Daniel Payne. Hawk died from his injuries on June 30. Numerous blood drives and fundraisers have been held since the explosion to help the three victims and their families.

A group called Men of Courage built a wheelchair ramp for Reagan Hardaway ahead of his release...
A group called Men of Courage built a wheelchair ramp for Reagan Hardaway ahead of his release from the hospital.(KSLA)

Members of the group Men of Courage were out in Webster Parish on Wednesday, Oct. 5 building a wheelchair ramp at Hardaway’s home. He’s expected to be released from the hospital Friday.

“He needs access to his wheelchair, so we are building that ramp today,” said Chris Plant, one of the members.

Plant said part of their ministry is to lend a hand in the community.

“I’ve got unabashed Christian men working, not just talking about (it), they are doing it. And they also have brought money for the lumber stuff, and they are giving their days up.”

Phyliss Hardaway is Reagan’s mother.

“All over the parish have donated, they have had fundraisers for us, and it has been a tremendous help,” she said.

Phyllis Hardaway said it’s been a challenging journey.

“He was asleep for so long, they had him knocked out. And when he woke up and he couldn’t remember what happened or why he was there, and so that was a little bit of a struggle.”

But over time and patience a lot of progress.

“He’s walking with a lot of assistance, he’s walking with an upright walker,” she said.

It’s a blessing he’s alive, his mother said, and he is anxious about coming home.

“He has tremendous faith too and God has carried us through and is caring for him through and he has a long way to go,” she said.