Starr firefighter defies odds from wheelchair to walking in 9/11 memorial


ANDERSON Co., SC (WSPA) – Joseph Blanton’s life was expected to change on November 20, 2017 when his car flipped on the way to Greenville leaving him in the hospital with severe injuries.

“They pretty much gave me a five percent chance of ever walking again, and I took that as a challenge of I’m going to walk again,” Blanton said.

He told his doctors that he would walk in the 9/11 bridge walk in Charleston just as he did in years past.

“I don’t know if his therapist thought he was quite ready for that because at the time he was still in a wheelchair,” said Jessica Blanton, Joseph’s mother.

But ten months later, despite the evacuation order in Charleston, the walk happened with Joseph pushing through. He completed the 5.4 miles carrying a flag with the various department names who supported him along his journey.

“I hope it makes people want to get out and support their community more and be inspired to do more in life,” Blanton said.

Blanton tells 7News he will continue to pushing to get better and set even bigger goals going forward.

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