The boy was 11-year-old Ben Baltz of
Valparaiso, Florida. When he was six, Ben was diagnosed with bone cancer
in his right leg, his fibula and tibia had to be removed.
Ben walks with a mechanical knee and prosthetic walking leg, which he
switches out for a running leg to play sports. On Sunday, Ben competed
in the Sea Turtle Kids Triathlon. Ben had completed the 150-yard swim
and 4-mile bike ride and half the one-mile run when a screw came loose
and his running leg broke in half.
As he lay on the ground Private First Class Matthew Morgan swept the
boy up. Surrounded by his fellow Marines, Matthew brought Ben through
the rest of the course. Eye witnesses said there was not a dry eye in
the crowd. Said his commanding officer,
"(Matthew's) not a very big guy ... he picked that young
boy up quick, threw him on his back and ran the rest of the course ...
We're pumped. It's great
In: Other News
Tags: USMC, US Marines, Semper Fi, Never Leave a man Behind, Young Boy, loses prosthetic limb
Location: Valparaiso, Florida, United States (load item map)
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