A warm welcome awaited a firefighter who returned to work on Monday after more than a year off the job.
Lt. Anthony Torres of the Mifflin Township Division of Fire is starting a new chapter of his life after a serious motorcycle crash sent Torres to a hospital, where he made the hard decision to amputate his leg.
Despite that tough decision, Torres and his wife, Stephanie, made the best of the situation.
“My beautiful wife, you’re the most amazing person and I think you for everything. I love you so much,” Torres said.
The lieutenant said that it was that love and support that kept him going, as his friends and fellow firefighters rallied around him.
Torres soon learned to use his prosthesis.
He soon got well enough to pass a physical test that got him back to saving lives.
“A couple of my guys were there, and I asked them, ‘Seriously, how’d I do?’” Torres said. “And they said, ‘Just like you always did.’ They couldn’t tell the difference.”
Torres now is back on the job at the Mifflin department, which is the first department in Ohio to have an amputee on their truck.
Torres said he hopes his experience inspires others and paves the way for scores of returning injured military veterans and other Ohioans who have suffered similar life-altering events.
“I want all the other amputees to understand that we can do this job,” Torres said.
It is a message of determination that he hopes also to pass on to his daughter – who is due in June.
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