Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Amputee Marine Rides Harley Again With Help From Friends

Modified Harley allows Marine who lost leg to ride
Monroe News
Ray Kisonas
October 11, 2016

On Saturday, with a little help from his friends, Mr. Smith achieved his latest accomplishment by riding his 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster without fear of his prosthetic foot striking the pavement.

MILAN — When the mortar blast took his leg below the knee during the war in Iraq in 2006, Corey Smith, a Marine from Luna Pier, refused to feel sorry for himself.

In fact he actually tried to return to his unit after being fitted with a prosthetic only to be told his combat days were over.

Undeterred, Mr. Smith came back home, earned a college degree, got married and now works at the federal prison in Milan.

On Saturday, with a little help from his friends, Mr. Smith achieved his latest accomplishment by riding his 2009 Harley-Davidson Sportster without fear of his prosthetic foot striking the pavement.

“It was so much better; I was very comfortable,” Mr. Smith, 29, said among 170 other bikers who rumbled into Milan to support veterans. “I didn’t have to worry about my foot dragging.”
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