Told he’d never fight fires again, amputee returns to duty in Denton

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By Simone Carter | The Dallas Morning News | October 19, 2019

It took Gary Weiland just 10 months and six days to return to work.

When Gary Weiland’s knee swelled up during a family football match last Thanksgiving, he brushed it off. The lifelong athlete had surgery on his left knee years ago, and sometimes it acted up.

But then the Denton firefighter lost all feeling in his foot.

Friends rushed Weiland to the hospital where a doctor delivered the news: Something had gone wrong in the years since the surgery. They’d have to amputate his leg.

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Featured Image Credit: Denton firefighter Gary Weiland returned to work this month, 10 months after his leg was amputated due to a post-surgery complication.(Kara Dry / Special Contributor)