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Teen With Cerebral Palsy Defies Limits To Become Hero Firefighter.

There’s a brotherhood among members of any military or paramilitary organization that’s real in every sense of the word.

Cody Zinn can’t carry victims out of burning buildings, haul around heavy equipment, or many of the other physically demanding parts of his job as a volunteer firefighter. But he’s still part of the brotherhood because he contributes in other, equally valuable ways to the team.

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Cody has cerebral palsy, but when he was 19-years-old, he signed up as a volunteer with the Newberry Township Fire Department & EMS in Goldsboro, Pennsylvania. Whatever he lacks in physical capabilities, he more than makes up for with his model team-player attitude, attending every training, fundraiser, and other scheduled events.


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“I have cerebral palsy, which limits me in what I can do, but I don’t let that pull me down,” he says. “To me, I’m he same as everybody else.”

“Every day, we hear how much he loves his brothers, how much he would take care of us if we need it. He has brought our department closer than we’ve ever been,” says one of his co-workers, Brian Johnson.

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“He pushes us to limits. When I’m tired, he’s like, ‘C’mon, brother. C’mon.'”


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We all need people like Cody in our lives, whether as friends or co-workers. It’s easy for morale to drop in a job that requires long hours and involves so much stress, so it’s especially invaluable to have someone like Cody to keep the troops motivated and pulling their weight.

Watch the video below and you’ll see Cody’s positive attitude shining through as he talks about his work and the brotherhood he cherishes so much. It’s an inspirational story you’ll be sure to want to share with your own friends and co-workers!

Volunteer firefighter with cerebral palsy inspires others

He may not be able to run into burning buildings with his fellow fire fighters, but Cody does whatever he can to help out.

Posted by Humankind Stories on Thursday, December 13, 2018


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