Corinth Fire Department helps find prosthetic leg in the Hudson

June 25, 2018 12:19 AM

Corinth-"I had a slight heart attack, pretty much the best way to describe it was, losing the leg the second time was much worse said Dillon Wilson of Corinth.

Dillon Wilson lost his leg to an infection after a motorcycle accident in 2015. He has since been wearing a prosthetic leg but that all changed on Thursday. Wilson was jet skiing on the Hudson river near his home when his prosthetic leg fell off his jet ski and slipped into the water without him knowing. After placing a call for help emergency responders immediately arrived and dove in to the water.

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"We were basically told where it was dropped off, we dove there on several occassions to train and we thought we had a chance" said Chief Andy Kelley of Corinth Fire Department.

The dive team, composed of 11 local volunteer divers was unsuccessful on on their first attempt on Thursday, so they went back again on Friday afternoon, still with no luck. As time began to pass Wilson started to lose hope that it would never return.

"It was like at one time I saw my life fall apart and this was the second time because I knew once it was gone I wouldn't be able to get another one" said Wilson.

Despite inclement weather, which included murkie water 15 feet deep, the team decided to go back again on Sunday morning to give it another try.

"At about 10:30 we splashed into the water and almost 20 minutes later we came up with the prosthetic leg" said Chief Kelley.

Wilson who had been overcome with worry for days says he was beyond relieved when he got the call.

"It was the first leg I've gotten and it was the only one I was going to get, so I'm very fortunate they found it" said Wilson.

As for the Corinth fire department, they say it was all part of a days work, volunteering.

"I know the guys took a lot of pride it in, we're very happy, a lot of camaraderie, we took a lot of pictures to show what a team effort can do, and I'm glad we could assist him. It's nice to do what we're supposed to do, we're volunteers and we're hear to help the public" said Chief Kelley.

"I guess I'm just fortunate that there's people that are around that care about other people like that" said Wilson.


Brooke Selby

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