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Firefighter back on duty after leg amputated

Posted at 4:51 AM, Aug 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-11 04:51:56-04

FISHERS, IN (WXIN/CNN) - A veteran firefighter is back on the job after one of his legs was amputated.

Lt. Brandon Anderson is a 15-year vet with the Fishers Fire Department.

Like most he'll say there isn't a typical day, but that works, considering that Anderson isn’t your typical firefighter.

Anderson is an amputee.

A year ago, he was in a severe motorcycle accident, forcing his leg to be amputated above the knee.

Sitting in his hospital bed, he had a choice, walk away from the job or defy the odds.

"When I came to that fork in the road I knew it was about taking the narrow hard path, which I knew would be difficult," Anderson said.

An understatement to say the least.

Anderson spent ten months working his way back. Intensive rehab and grueling training, while testing out prosthetics that could hold up to the job.

Many doubted he could do it, but this past June he proved them wrong.

Captain John Mehling said to understand how, you'd just have to know him.

"Someone drew the line here of what physical ability was, and Brandon said no that's not the line, we're going to move that line," Mehling said.

Anderson’s adaptability has him back on full duty, and there’s nothing any firefighter can do that he can’t.

But he said it's not all about him.

He said he couldn't have made it without tons of support, especially from his family.

"I can do the physical stuff. It may take me a while but I can figure it out, I can push through that, but they have just been a huge rock of support for me," Anderson said.

Now he just hopes his journey can inspire others.

"To go out and help people on a daily basis has an even more new meaning for me," Anderson said.

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