Legally blind man serves Silverton in more ways than one

Legally blind man serves Silverton in more ways than one
Legally blind man is a volunteer fire fighter, barista and school crossing guard.

SILVERTON, TX (KFDA) - Rowdy Cogdell, who is legally blind, is overcoming obstacles by serving the town of Silverton as a barista, volunteer fire fighter and school cross-walker.

Rowdy Cogdell, who is legally blind, is overcoming obstacles

24-year-old Rowdy Cogdell is a staple to the community and always wants to help where he can.

“Every time there is a big old group they are like ‘Oh, there’s Rowdy!’” said Cogdell.

However, helping isn’t always necessarily easy for Rowdy, with his disabilities making it a challenge.

“I had detached retinas in both eyes and I got them reattached. Then, I got hit by someone on a playground playing on a swing and it detached my left eye so,” said Cogdell.

Legally blind, Rowdy strives to live a normal, helpful and fulfilled life.

“He is an inspiration and just a blessing to us," said Rowdy’s mother Toy Cogdell.

Everyday, Rowdy helps children at Silverton’s schools cross the street, wearing the neon jacket that he got for Christmas and riding his bright red tricycle with caution light blaring.

“He has challenges that, you know, he’s chosen not to let that prevent him from what he wants to do. He’s just a good inspiration to everyone that comes into contact with him, “ said Principal of Silverton High School Michael Hayes.

This Saturday, Rowdy will turn 25 and is asking for the community to help him celebrate.

Rowdy is raising money to buy smoke detectors, CO2 detectors and fire extinguishers for as many homes as he can in Silverton.

As a volunteer firefighter for Silverton, Rowdy hopes the fundraiser will help keep the community safe in the event of a fire.

You can make donations for Rowdy’s birthday via Facebook.

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