By Walt Hunter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — For 28 years, Ute Spearman has helped saved lives, answering calls and dispatching emergency units at Montgomery County’s Emergency Communications Center in Eagleville.

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But, when she was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, an incurable degenerative condition, she didn’t have to call for help, it was right there in her fellow workers.

“I mean I have angels right beside me all the way,” Spearman told CBS 3’s Walt Hunter.

As the disease, first diagnosed in October of last year, has ravaged Spearman’s body, limiting her use of her right arm and leg, her fellow “911” dispatchers have taken an ever larger role in her care, helping get her to work, and gaining access to areas of her home such as front steps and bathrooms that have turned challenging.

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“I love her to death,” explained longtime friend and co-worker Sandra Moyer.”And I will never allow her to be alone.”

To offset medical bills and expenses, including now crucial alterations to her home, friends are holding a May 7th benefit at the Friendship Fire Company at 269 Green Street in Royersford.

Donations are also being accepted at the Superior Federal Credit Union in her name.

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For more information contact Sandy Moyer or Annamaria Mastrocola.