"I would prefer to keep working here (Harris Field) until I can start fighting fires again," Stowell said.
Fire Chief Andy Mehl said it is too early to tell if Stowell will be able to return to the regular duties of a firefighter. Unfortunately there is no position available for Stowell full-time at his current health, Mehl said.
"He's come a long way, but he still has a long way to go," said Mehl. "It's a wait and see kind of thing."
Stowell said he's happy to continue working for the fire department and hopes Menchaca will see he is recovering when making a decision for an extension.
Regardless, Stowell said he will not quit working to regain full operation of his body.
"If I don't get an extension, I will spend more time exercising my leg because I want to come back, I really do.