Fireman survives falling ice and returns to duty

Posted at 6:29 PM, Mar 23, 2016

In March 2015, North Evans volunteer firefighter Tony Leonard, Sr. was nearly killed after he was pinned under 1,000 lbs of falling ice.

The sheets of ice fell off the roof of Leonard's residence as he was heading out to breakfast with his daughter and grandson. Leonard suffered multiple broken bones and his spleen, liver and kidneys were lacerated.

At the time, doctors believed Leonard might never walk again because his ankle and foot were so badly crushed.  His five children also feared he might not recover at all.

However, after three surgeries and countless hours of therapy, the long-time member of the North Evans Fire Company is able to return to work and perform his fire-fighting duties.

For his family, it is a major accomplishment and they thank the community that poured out support to help them in the time after the nearly fatal accident.

7 Eyewitness News reporter Ed Reilly sat down with Leonard and his family to talk about his difficult ordeal.