New Jersey Department Has Amputee Deputy Chief

Isaac Feliciano was rejected in his bid to join the force, even though he easily passed the firefighter test; he's worn a prosthetic leg since he was 5 years old.


A New Jersey fire department that denied an athletic amputee from becoming a firefighter has a deputy chief with an artificial leg.

The Paterson Fire Department now faces charges of practicing a double standard.

Isaac Feliciano was rejected in his bid to join the force, even though he easily passed the firefighter test. He's worn a prosthetic leg since he was 5 years old.

Meanwhile, veteran Deputy Chief Michael Muccio was reinstated after losing a leg after a drunken driver plowed into him in October 2002.

He wears a prosthetic limb from slightly above his right knee to the foot.

Muccio said after his rehabilitation, he was promoted from a battalion commander to a deputy chief. The former job required him to enter burning buildings while in his new position, he supervises the scene from outside the premises.

"Everyone was very supportive," Muccio said yesterday.

Muccio said he was unaware of Feliciano's bid to join the department.

A state medical board will hear Feliciano's appeal.

Republished with permission of The New York Post.