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Local firefighter back on the job thanks to prosthetic leg

Matt Hicks (Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW) Matt Hicks (Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW)
Hicks' prosthetic leg that's specially designed for the rigors of fighting fires. (Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW) Hicks' prosthetic leg that's specially designed for the rigors of fighting fires. (Source: Gordon Graham, FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A young firefighter thought he would have to give up the job he loved after losing his left leg in a motorcycle accident.

In March of last year, Matt Hicks was recovering from that terrible accident. He needed a prosthetic leg specially designed for the rigors of fighting fires. It wasn't long after that story aired that Matt's fellow firefighters began raising money. 

Hicks says the story gets even better. 

“I was put in touch with an organization known as 50 legs. The president of that foundation is Steve Chamberlain. He lost his leg in a motorcycle crash also. They flew me down to Orlando, put me up in a hotel for ten days, sent me to this top notch facility and they paid for the whole thing,” Hicks said.

Matt says the cost of his new prosthetic was about $26,000 and it allows him to get into his turnout gear within moments and do his job.

“I've adapted all my skills to what I need to do with having a prosthetic leg now. It's been difficult in a few aspects, but I'm able to do everything I was before able to perform every task that I could before in every situation,” Hicks said.

Hicks is held to the same standard as any other fire fighter, but when he asked to be tested after recovering from the accident his supervisor, Lt. Joe Desmond, says he had some reservations.

“It's not as uncommon as I thought so I was kind of skeptical, but he had the dedication to overcome it,” Lt. Desmond said.

Since joining the Fairfield Township fire department Lt. Desmond says Matt has worked hard to prove himself a valuable member of the team. 

“It was a long process and I was just like well we'll see what the kid's made of we'll see what he can do and Matt  came back and he exceeded expectations and he actually got put on my shift and he came almost a year ago and we started doing lots of training, not just for his sake, but we always do trainings for our sake as well just to incorporate and get used to and building the confidence of his abilities, our abilities and everything else and he's done great,” Lt. Desmond said.   

Matt also works part-time for the Glendale fire department and during the past year Matt has been attending paramedic school, a school he expects to finish next month.

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