One step at a time: West Virginia amputee firefighter overcomes obstacles

  • Source: WCHS-TV ABC/FOX 8 Charleston
  • Published: 05/10/2024 12:00 AM

VIDEO: William McCallister is following in his family's footsteps as a firefighter and EMT, yet he is walking his own path by doing so with a prosthetic leg. He's worn the prosthetic since he was a baby after having part of his leg amputated at nine months old. "I was hopping before I was walking," McCallister said. The Alum Creek native grew up playing sports and adjusting accordingly. When he decided to go all in on being a firefighter for the Charleston Fire Department, he had already overcome a lot. It was just a matter of making sure others believed in him too. "I just called the fire department before I went in and took the test and told them, 'hey, this is what's going on, this is the deal. Can I do this job, or are you guys going to hold me back?'" he said. "And they were like, 'go for it. If you can pass all the tests, then you're good to go.'"


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