Fort Smith Captain Adjusts to Amputation, Still Donning Gear Fast
Aug. 25--Having a left leg amputated from the knee down hasn't kept Capt. Nolan Meinardus of the Fort Smith Fire Department from putting on his turnout gear within one minute.
In fact, the 31-year veteran firefighter said the only time he really notices it is when he's at home watching TV. He can still climb a ladder, ride a motorcycle and carry loads with relative ease, although it's been an adjustment, he said.
"At first -- it's like anything -- you lose the leg and you get kind of...
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