Sam Lounsberry, Loveland Reporter-Herald
Josh Macdonald puts his arm around his fiancee, Lauryn Smith, on Dec. 15, in his bed in the Spalding Rehabilitation clinic inside St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, where Macdonald had his left leg amputated above the knee earlier this month after a yearlong battle to save the limb. He injured his knee while investigating a fatal house fire for the Berthoud Fire Protection District.
Dreams of marrying his fiancee, having more kids and, one day, investigating another fire help keep Josh Macdonald ticking.
After enduring nine surgeries over more than a year fighting to heal his left knee from an excruciating injury and MRSA infection, Macdonald, 33, had his leg amputated above the knee Dec. 5.
That operation was the latest step in a saga that began March 25, 2016, when Macdonald, a Berthoud Fire Protection District fire investigator, hopped into the back of an ambulance and tried to save 75-year-old Cecil Ann Dunfee’s life. Despite Macdonald’s and others’ best efforts, Dunfee ultimately died after she was pulled from her burning mobile home in east Berthoud.
When Macdonald returned to the home later that day to start his investigation, he fell through the home’s floor when it gave out, injuring his knee.