A firefighter who lost a leg in a motorcycle crash has returned to active duty with a false limb.
Simon Hawkins, aged 31, will carry on driving, climbing ladders, fighting fires and saving people from blazes after returning to work with Hereford and Worcester Fire Service.
Mr Hawkins was forced to leave the service in July 2004 after an accident.
Doctors saved his life but were forced to amputate his lower left leg.
Eighteen months after his crash, Mr Hawkins has been allowed back to work on full operational duties with a prosthetic leg - the first fire-fighter in the UK and Europe to do so.
"When I first lost my leg I honestly felt as though my life was over," said Mr Hawkins.
"I went from being a very active man who enjoyed running and keeping fit to finding myself confined in a wheelchair. I would cry myself to sleep and wake up crying.
"I always wanted to be a firefighter as my grandfather worked in the fire service for 35 years and I wanted to follow in his footsteps."
Mr Hawkins, from Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, had been a firefighter for 11 years before his accident.
He began thinking of returning to work after his girlfriend found out about an American firefighter who returned to active duties after suffering the same injury.
He then went to America to meet his counterpart, Florida firefighter Bill Henry, as part of a television documentary and decided to get himself back to work.
Nearly £20,000 was raised by Mr Hawkins' family and friends to buy him a fireproof carbon fibre and titanium prosthesis.
"It's such an incredible feeling to know that your family and friends have donated so generously and that they care so much," he added.
Paul Hayden, Hereford and Worcester Fire Service's Chief Fire Officer, said: "The one thing I can't do is put him at risk. It's a case of not letting him do things too quickly and it all go wrong.
"He's returned to frontline service but is spending a couple of weeks easing back into his duties.
"Simon can do everything a firefighter on the front line can do, otherwise he would not be allowed back on the fire truck."
Mr Hawkins' partner Annie Broadbend, aged 26, a solicitor, said: "I'm not surprised that he has got back to work he is so confident and the support we have had has been great.
"I'm immensely proud of him, it has been very difficult for him, particularly at the start just after he lost his leg. It's been a real challenge for him and for the whole family."