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Amputee Firefighter Back on the Job

Updated: Monday, February 25 2013, 08:31 PM EST

GAHANNA -- Lt. Anthony Torres is back at his old job with the Mifflin Township Fire Department less than a year after he lost his leg in a motorcycle crash.

He's gone through enough rehabilitation and has passed every physical test to go back to work - this time with a prosthetic leg.

"It's definitely the toughest thing I've ever done in my life," Torres said.  "I get my gear on and it just feels right.  It feels normal."

He had to relearn how to walk.  He had to relearn how to do every mundane task he used to do effortlessly.  Now he's the first amputee firefighter ever in Ohio. 

"If anybody could come back, he could do it," said Battalion Chief Jeff Wright.  "He was able to do those things (required to go back to work) and quite honestly, he did them better than I would have ever hoped or expected him to, so we're very proud of him."

Now Torres is once again one of the guys.  He's back full-time at the job he loves without anything holding him back.

"I cannot wait to get on the road with my crew again," Torres said.  "(I can't wait to) take those first runs and do what we're here to do, help other people."

Amputee Firefighter Back on the Job

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