Boston Marathon 2017: Pa. veteran with prosthetic leg carries guide across finish line
Veteran with prosthetic leg carries woman across Boston Marathon finish line
A veteran with a prosthetic leg carried his guide and an American flag across the finish line at the Boston Marathon on Monday.
Earl Granville, a nine-year veteran of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, lost part of this leg in 2008 when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, according to WCVB. Since then, he’s used a hand-bike to compete in several marathons, including Boston, Chicago and New York.
Granville didn’t use a bike for Monday’s race. WCVB reported that multiple people gave him hugs and offered their thanks. In a Facebook Live broadcast during the race, Granville said, “I don’t know what they’re inspired about. I’m walking.”
Army National Guard vet Earl Granville, who lost his leg in Afghanistan, carries a woman across the finish line of the Boston Marathon . pic.twitter.com/3S3e2nad10
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The Pennsylvania Wounded Warriors thanked Granville on Facebook for “showing the Boston Marathon what veterans of the Pennsylvania National Guard can do.”