A Marine veteran has been reunited with his prosthetic leg after losing it earlier in Old Hickory Lake, Tennessee.
A good samaritan began the search when he learned the leg had been lost while helping the Marine vet load his jet-ski up, according to WKRN. Tim Cranford called the Hendersonville Fire Department dive team to assist him.
Eventually, the team found the leg Wednesday evening after searching for four hours.
Captain Kevin Paseur remarked on finding the leg, “Never looked for a leg before, but yeah glad to do it. It was good to do a little payback for what he’s done.”
Now the hard part began — they needed to locate the Marine. They took to social media with the hopes of locating the owner.
“We hadn’t even met the guy, didn’t know his name, didn’t know if we could even find him,” Paseur explained.
Cranford was the only one to talk to the Marine vet. “He had a veteran’s sticker so I knew that he was a veteran and he also had a Purple Heart license plate,” he explained.
“I posted all this stuff on Facebook. It kind of went crazy going to Hip Hendersonville, Hip Mt. Juliet, Gallatin,” he explained.
Eventually, the post reached Marine veteran Lance Corporal Ben Maenza — a double amputee who’d deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 and lost his legs to an IED.
“When I saw it, I was speechless,” Maenza told the group that helped.
“I was grateful to do it, for their sacrifice for what they do for us,” expressed Eric Fontenot, who is with the fire department and helped find the leg.
The Fire dive team, Cranford, and Maenza are planning future fishing trips together.
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