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Retired, paralyzed firefighter participates in first Boston Marathon

Taunton Firefighter Chad Larivee did not let a spinal cord injury keep him out of the race

By Bill Carey

BOSTON — Retired Taunton firefighter Chad Larivee, despite a spinal cord injury, is actively participating in the 128th Boston Marathon.

By 11:30 a.m. on April 15, he had reached the 13-mile marker. Larivee was joined by his wife’s cousin, Keven Clancy, who helped push him along the route, The Taunton Daily Gazette reported.

Larivee was paralyzed after an off-duty fall from a roof while helping a fellow firefighter in 2014.

“Since his injury, Chad has continued to stay active with his wife Jeanne and three children. Chad has previously participated in half marathons however this is Firefighter Larivee’s first ever Boston Marathon,” the post said.

Larivee and Clancy joined the marathon to support Spaulding Rehab, where Larivee received vital care post-injury, according to the post. Their fundraiser surpassed its $17,000 target, raising $22,600 by Monday morning.