A firefighter's quest to becoming the first Colorado above-the-knee amputee firefighter

  • Source: FireRescue1
  • Published: 04/13/2018 12:00 AM

On March 25, 2016, Berthoud Fire Protection District Fire Investigator Josh Macdonald was performing inspections when a call came in about a house fire with an occupant trapped. Once on scene, Macdonald hopped out of the engine and started taking pictures to find a potential origin and to get a clear picture of how the fire was behaving. Firefighters were able to successfully locate the trapped occupant and pulled her out of the fire. Dispatch sent one ambulance as well as a fire engine. However, the ambulance was parked behind the engine. A paramedic yelled for Macdonald's help; he didn't skip a beat. He helped the paramedic get the victim on a gurney and was the first one to feel for a pulse. After realizing they had a workable victim, Macdonald started CPR while in the back of the ambulance.


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