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A California amputee was able to joke that he’d now lost two legs skydiving after authorities discovered the man’s $15,000 prosthetic limb — which had detached and tumbled to earth during an otherwise successful Sunday jump.

Dion Callaway, who had his leg amputated after a skydiving accident two years ago, told the Press Democrat that, once he’d landed after a 10,000-foot plunge, he spent hours searching for the prosthesis to no avail.

Dion Callaway lost his prosthetic leg while skydiving on Sunday.

Dion Callaway lost his prosthetic leg while skydiving on Sunday. (Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office)

“I’ve jumped with the prosthetic before, but a rush of air got inside this time and it just flew off,” Callaway said Monday. “I tried to watch where it was falling, but I was so overwhelmed in that moment I could not keep track.”

The limb was eventually recovered at the nearby Cloverdale lumberyard.

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Micah Smith, the lumberyard’s production manager, told the newspaper that a worker spotted the prosthesis — but mistook it for a soda can.

“Oh, that’s not a soda can, that’s a leg,” Smith recalled thinking when he took a closer look at the object. “It was a nice looking Nike [shoe].”

That report brought out a deputy with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, and authorities then set out to find the owner — even posting a “classified” ad on social media: “Missing a leg?”

The deputy eventually contacted people at the nearby airport in hopes of finding the leg’s owner and workers there quickly hooked officials up with Callaway.

The deputy was able to find the prosthetic leg's owner after contacting the nearby airport.

The deputy was able to find the prosthetic leg’s owner after contacting the nearby airport. (Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office)

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Callaway was reunited with his prosthetic leg on Monday and noted it was “in perfect shape — survived 10,000 feet.”

“[Callaway] promises to make a tether and learn from this but fully plans to stick with his passion. Good luck Dion!! Great spirit!!!” the sheriff’s office wrote in a Facebook post.

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Callaway told the newspaper that he shattered his heel two years ago after he landed on the ground at a high speed. He went through a year of physical therapy before opting to amputate his leg below the knee.

“Skydiving is my everything and the people I do it with are my family,” Callaway said. “I always seem to come back to it.”

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A group of firefighters in Missouri were recently caught on tape lending a helping hand to an individual whose electric wheelchair gave out.

A video of the kind gesture, which appeared to be shot from inside a vehicle following behind, was shared on Facebook Tuesday by the Raytown Fire Protection District and showed the responders pushing the wheelchair down the road.

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“What happens when a Fire Truck comes upon a citizen who’s electric wheelchair has stopped working. You get out and help them home,” the post said.

The man, who is a veteran, received the assistance after his chair got caught in the ground while he was visiting a pond in the area, Deputy Chief Mike Hunley told The Kansas City Star. Attempts by people on the scene to help him were reportedly unsuccessful so the fire department was called.

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“Our guys responded out there and basically lifted a wheelchair with him in it up out of the rut he was stuck in,” Hunley said. “He apparently had been trying to get himself out with the wheelchair and had expended the battery so it was pretty drained.”

The firefighters were reportedly able to get the man home so he could power up his wheelchair.

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The U.S. Marine who crawled across the Boston Marathon finish line in honor of his fallen comrades has been invited to run the New York City Marathon despite not qualifying for the race, according to a report.

Micah Herndon, 31, ran the race in 3 hours and 38 minutes on Monday. With around 4 miles left in the race, his legs began to give out, and with around 100 yards left, his military training kicked in.

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Herndon got to his hands and knees and crawled on the pavement to finish the race. He told The Associated Press it “was the longest 4.2 miles I’ve ever run in my life.”

“It was kind of second nature,” he said. “They instill ‘adapt and overcome.’ Any situation you’re in, that’s what you do.”

Herndon told ABC News’ Good Morning America that he was trying to qualify for the New York City Marathon, which is scheduled for November. But when he realized he couldn’t get his goal pace down, he “just had one mission in mind and that was to finish by myself.”

Micah Herndon crawls to the finish line in the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday in Boston.

Micah Herndon crawls to the finish line in the 123rd Boston Marathon on Monday in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

But despite his race scores, the news outlet reported the marathon operation invited Herndon to join the race anyway.

“I appreciate that. That’s good stuff right there,” Herndon said. “Whoever set that up, thank you.”

The Marine ran the marathon on Monday in honor of Marines Mark Juarez and Matthew Ballard, and British journalist Rupert Hamer, who were killed in Afghanistan by an IED in 2010. During the Boston Marathon, he ran with their names on his hands, his shoes and race bib. They were his inspiration, he said.

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Herndon repeats their names when he’s training or competing in a race, even though he gets strange looks from other runners.

The 31-year-old said “it’s hard to reintegrate into society and be a civilian” after serving overseas, but encouraged other veterans to “find whatever your release is.” He says his “happens to be running.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A 35-year-old woman who died of cancer earlier this month spent the last moments of her life living it up, and it’s all detailed in her obituary — which she wrote.

When Bailey Jean Matheson was diagnosed with cancer two years ago, she decided to forego chemotherapy and spend the rest of her time on Earth enjoying what time she had left. She died on April 5.

In her obituary published April 9, Matheson urged people to not “take the small stuff so seriously and live a little.” She thanked several people, including her parents for “letting me live the rest of my life the way I believed it should be.”

“I know how hard that must have been watching me stop treatment and letting nature take its course,” she wrote. “I love you both even more for this.”

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Matheson, of Canada, wrote of being an only child, and thanked her friends for being the siblings she never had.

“I never thought I could love my friends more than I did but going through this and having your unconditional love and support you have made something that is normally so hard, more bearable and peaceful,” she said.

“To my Brent,” Matheson wrote to her boyfriend, whom she met just three months prior to her diagnosis. The couple seemingly met on a dating app, as she told him: “You had no idea what you were getting yourself into when you swiped right that day.”

“I couldn’t have asked for a better man to be by my side for all the adventures, appointments, laughs, cries and breakdowns,” she said. “You are an amazing person and anyone in your life is so fortunate to know you. I love you beyond words.”

Matheson’s friend, Julie Carrigan, told NBC News’ TODAY that Matheson wrote her own obituary because, “She said, ‘I don’t want it to sound like a normal, boring obituary. I want it to be a message to everybody I loved.'”

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The two pals were friends for a decade, according to the news outlet. Carrigan said Matheson’s cancer diagnosis was “like a strange blessing in disguise, in a way, because most people just go every day and take it for granted. And when you get diagnosed with something like that, there’s no taking it for granted anymore. You just do everything you want to do and say everything you want to say.”

For her part, Matheson lived a fulfilling life, as she wrote in her obituary: “35 years may not seem long, but damn it was good!”

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A Marine who ran the Boston Marathon in honor of three men he served alongside crawled across the finish line on Monday as his body almost gave up — but his mind didn’t.

Micah Herndon, 31, ran the race in 3 hours and 38 minutes, according to race results. But to hit that mark, he had to physically drag his body along the pavement to finish the race.

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Herndon, of Ohio, served several deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Record-Courier reported. During a tour in Afghanistan in 2010, three people he was with were killed when they were targeted by an IED.

Marines Mark Juarez and Matthew Ballard, and Rupert Hamer, a British journalist, died. He said he ran the Boston Marathon on Sunday for them.

“I run in honor of them. They are not here anymore. I am here, and I am able,” Herndon told the news outlet. “I am lucky to still have all my limbs. I can still be active. I find fuel in the simple idea that I can run. Some cannot.”

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He said that despite his small plights — whether his feet hurt or he’s tired from running — he reminds himself why he continues, in true “Semper Fi” fashion.

“I just keep saying their names out loud to myself. They went through much worse, so I run for them and their families.”

In a Facebook post, Herndon shared a photo of a pair of orange Nike sneakers, but with a sentimental detail: three small golden plates featuring the names of Juarez, Ballard and Hamer are weaved in with the shoelaces. The plates served as a reminder to Herndon of why he keeps running.

Videos posted online Monday show Herndon kept his word. Close to the end, he crawled to the finish line, finishing the race 11,334 overall.

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A dog that ended up stranded in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand, paddling some 130 miles away from shore may soon have a home after being rescued by oil rig workers on Friday.

Workers spotted the animal’s head poking up above water as the dog paddled through the ocean towards the platform.

“If the waves had been strong, we wouldn’t have seen him,” Vitisak Payalaw, of Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production’s oil drilling team, wrote on Facebook. He shared images and video of the rescue.

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The shivering animal then managed to cling to a pole on the platform and could be seen looking up as workers on the oil rig devised a rescue plan.

A stranded dog was spotted by oil rig workers clinging to a pole on the platform some 130 miles from shore in the Gulf of Thailand on Friday.

A stranded dog was spotted by oil rig workers clinging to a pole on the platform some 130 miles from shore in the Gulf of Thailand on Friday. (Viral Press)

“Finally, we decided to tie a rope around his neck and pull him to our site,” Vitisak wrote. “We had to race against time as wind waves might sweep him away.”

The brown Aspin dog was eventually pulled from the sea safely, but “looked exhausted,” according to Vitisak.

The pooch was believed to have fallen into the sea from a fishing trawler, the Bangkok Post reported. She has now been named “Boonrod” which in Thai means “making a spiritual donation for good luck in the future.”

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Boonrod spent the weekend onboard the drilling platform, receiving food and water from the crew before she was brought back to land on Monday, the Bangkok Post reported.

People could be seen greeting the dog on video as she was taken off a boat and delivered into the care of the animal charity Watchdog Thailand.

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The oil rig worker who saved the pooch said she is between 3 and 5 years old and now has “a lot of energy.”

“I hope to adopt her as a pet,” Vitisak told ViralPress. “I am looking forward to spending many happy years together with her.”

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A blind World War II veteran’s home was painted over the weekend by firefighters in Florida who decided to give back to the community in a special way.

William Velez, 89, and his wife were full of gratitude after dozens of members of the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue and their families painted their house on Saturday as part of an event coordinated with Paint Your Heart Out Tampa, a volunteer effort.

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Volunteer Ken Forward told Fox station WTVT that it’s natural for firefighters to give back to the community.

“To assist the community, to serve the community, and that’s what we’re doing today,” Forward said, adding that Velez noted “he’s not able to get around and maintain his home the way he’d like.”

Forward continued, “He told me he painted his home 17 years ago by himself. But now with his impairment, he can’t do it, so we’re here to help him.”

In addition to a fresh coat of paint, fire rescue volunteers installed smoke detectors in Velez’s home.

“Mr. Velez and his wife came out and met with us, and just to see his appreciation and gratitude is rewarding,” he told the news station.

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Paint Your Heart Out Tampa’s website states that its mission “is to enrich lives and renew our community through annual volunteer efforts to paint and beautify our senior, veteran, or disabled neighbors’ homes…one paint brush at a time.”

The group has 75,000 volunteers who have painted 3,000 houses, according to the site.

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A group of Good Samaritans came to the rescue of a blind man who fell onto the tracks of the Washington Metro last week in Maryland.

The incident happened Tuesday around 8 a.m. at the Medical Center Station in Bethesda, located just outside the nation’s capital.

Surveillance video shows the moment the man walks along the platform with a white cane before falling onto the tracks below.

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Bethesda resident Brendan Cawley told ABC7 he then jumped into action and tried to pull the man out, but realized he couldn’t do it alone.

Two other men can be seen running down the platform to help lift the man.

“I said, ‘We need to get him up now!'” Cawley told ABC7. “And we did.”

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The men were able to get the man up onto the platform as the headlights from an oncoming train are seen down the tunnel.

Metro officials told WRC-TV the man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries

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Cawley told ABC7 he was just glad to be where he was at the time to help save the man’s life.

“I just knew it was something that I needed to do,” he said.

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A couple who went missing after going on a hike in snowy Southern California mountains were found safe Wednesday after rescuers spotted and followed two sets of footprints.

Gabrielle Wallace, 31, and Eric Desplinter, 33, were reported missing Saturday after friends became concerned when the duo didn’t return from their hike by 7 p.m. that day. Wallace and Desplinter were hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains, northeast of Los Angeles, and believed to be headed toward Cucamonga Peak near Mount Baldy.

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“Miracles happen, and this is a miracle,” Mike Leum with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department tweeted about finding Wallace and Desplinter alive five days after they went missing.

Search-and-rescue teams from six counties volunteered to help comb through the area for the couple, who authorities believed had limited food and water with them. By Wednesday, strong wind gusts were impeding the efforts.

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A search team eventually spotted two sets of footprints in Cucamonga Canyon and followed them on Wednesday. A helicopter sent to the area spotted two people near a campfire, police said.

Gabrielle Wallace, 31, and Eric Desplinter, 33, were found alive on Wednesday five days after they were reported missing.

Gabrielle Wallace, 31, and Eric Desplinter, 33, were found alive on Wednesday five days after they were reported missing. (San Bernardino County Sheriff)

Wallace and Desplinter were expected to be flown to the Mount Baldy fire station and reunited with their families, police said. It’s unclear whether they suffered any injuries during their five-day disappearance and details about how they survived were not immediately released.

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Rescuers combed through about 30 square miles, 19,000 acres of mountain terrain, in the five days.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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A Canadian grandmother is still feeling the burn and loving it — at the age of 73.

Lester McInally, from Canada’s British Columbia province, is squashing stereotypes as a volunteer for the White Lake Fire Department, proving she can take the heat at any age.

McInally told CBC News she’s been volunteering for the fire station in Shuswap since she and her husband moved to the town in 2001.

“We decided that we’d better join the fire department because they were giving us the protection that we needed,” McInally told CBC’s “Daybreak South.”

Lester McInally takes on a support role during fire operations.

Lester McInally takes on a support role during fire operations. (White Lake Fire Department)

“It’s part of my life,” McInally said. “I’ve been with them probably longer than I had any other office job.”

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McInally’s role doesn’t require her to rush into burning buildings. The grandmother acts as support to ensure all fire operations are safe and smooth. She’s taken on various roles in the 17 years she’s been a volunteer.

“If we have a call out, I’d be the staging officer,” she said. “It’s basically keeping track of all the members that are there and then in the evening or after the incident, I make sure that all of them are accounted for and that they’re all going home safe to their families.”

Lester McInally said she plans on volunteering for as long as possible.

Lester McInally said she plans on volunteering for as long as possible. (White Lake Fire Department)

McInally also said in a post on Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s website: “I’ve never been the one to pick up a hose…when that pager goes off, I’m down at the hall. I’m there because I know I’m needed.”

Her husband retired from volunteering a few years ago, but McInally is still going strong despite being 73 years old.

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“[I want to keep volunteering] as long as I can, as long as I’m still useful to the department and to all the members,” she told CBC News. “We are in recruiting mode at the moment and, face it, any rural fire department always needs volunteers.”

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