Fla. firefighter pushes wheelchair-bound dad during marathon

William Torres told his father that if he wanted a medal, he would have to earn it

By FireRescue1 Staff

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A firefighter went the extra mile while pushing his father in a wheelchair during a marathon last weekend. 

Firefighter William Torres and his brother completed the marathon with their father, who was paralyzed after being struck by a drunk driver in 2015. 

Last year, Torres’ father, Antonio, wanted to keep his son’s medal after he completed the marathon. However, Torres told him that if he wanted the medal, he had to earn it. 

“I thought he [William] was joking, but when he started working on it, I said, ‘This guy is serious,’” Torres’ father told NEWS 7

Torres said he normally runs a marathon in four hours; it took him and his brothers six hours to cross the finish line with their father. 

“It is a little surreal that we actually got here,” Torres said. “We completed the 26.2 miles. Not at one point did he say he wanted to quit."

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