A local businessman has come forward to write a $5,000 check to a disabled Miami, Fla., man whose car was stolen Monday night.
"This $5,000 saved my life because I have no money to afford to buy a car,” Fontaine said, holding the check Thursday.
When Fontaine’s gray 1996 Nissan Sentra was taken from right outside his home, his wheelchair mount and footrest went with it.
The car is still gone, but a Coral Springs businessman – who wishes to remain anonymous – made a large donation after seeing NBC Miami’s story Tuesday night.
On Thursday Fontaine called the man to thank him.
“Thank you very much, sir,” said Fontaine, who has used a wheelchair for the last 20 years after he lost his legs to an infection.
“You’re welcome, my friend,” the businessman replied. “You’re welcome.”
“That’s a great help,” Fontaine said. “This way I can get a new car.”
“My heart goes with you. No one should have to deal with something like that,” the man said.
The initial story was also seen by someone Fontaine had not heard from since they served together in the Army in the 1960s – a long-lost friend from Miami Lakes.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said that Fontaine's prosthetic legs were taken because they were believed to be in his car, but it turns out the family still had them.
More content from msnbc.com and NBC News:
- Virgina first-grader dies from allergic reaction at school
- Hundreds gather for funeral for 3 girls killed in fire
- Texas police defend shooting of 8th-grade student
- Curbing drunk driving: Should ignition locks be required?
- No charges for teen widow who killed intruder
- Homeless flock to shelters after Orange County killings