[AMP-L] Firefighters Rally Behind Colleague With Prosthesis
wayne at renardson.org
Fri May 27 14:15:45 PDT 2011
via The Arizona Republic:
The 4-foot fall from a rock-climbing wall in 2005 shattered Mase
Mattingly's right ankle, which bent at a 90-degree angle.
The injury - about a week before graduating from the firefighting
academy -should have ended his career as a Gilbert firefighter long
before he could battle his first blaze.
Yet Mattingly, 36, pushed through the pain caused by the metal plates
and screws in his foot and eventually returned to full duty. He still
fights fires despite a partial leg amputation.
"I immediately set out to prove them all wrong," said Mattingly,
sitting inside Fire Station 7, the town's busiest.
Eventually the pain became too much, and Mattingly opted to have his
leg amputated below the knee last October.
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