#ShellieStrong: Retired Chattanooga Fire Capt. competes to become Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee

Retired Chattanooga Fire Department Captain Shellie Pastusic Thorne is a candidate in this year's Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee. (Image: Chattanooga Fire Department)

Retired Chattanooga Fire Department Captain Shellie Pastusic Thorne is a candidate in this year's Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee.

Shellie Thorne was on a motorcycle with a friend in July 2018 when police say a car ran a stop sign and crashed into the motorcycle, ultimately leaving Shellie paralyzed from the waist down.

She spent months undergoing physical therapy, and the community rallied in support of her, holding fundraisers, blood drives, a benefit concert, and other events.

Now, our community has the opportunity to support her once again.

Shellie is one of five contestants in Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee, and the only person from our area competing. Part of her platform is raising awareness about people parking illegally between the blue lines. Whoever wins this competition will go on to compete in Ms. Wheelchair USA.

The event will be held Saturday, September 28 at Morning Pointe of East Hamilton in Ooltewah, Tennessee.

Voting for the People's Choice Award is currently underway. You can cast your vote, and learn more about the event on Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee's website here.

Shellie retired after the accident, but continues to visit the department to this day.

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