Marines carry boy across finish line as prosthetic leg breaks

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During the Sea Turtle Tri Kid in Florida over the weekend a boy's prosthetic leg broke mid-race, prompting some nearby marines to carry him to the finish line.

Ben Baltz is an 11-year-old boy who lost his leg to cancer but that hasn't stopped him from competing in triathlons where he uses several different prosthetic legs

While running the final part of a triathlon on Sunday a screw in his running leg broke and he was forced to stop - until a group of Marines picked him up and helped him finish the race.

Matthew Morgan, Private First Class from Corry Station was volunteering at the event when he saw Ben's leg broke in the middle of the run. Without question, he lifted the boy up on his shoulders.

"It's great to see what Marines do – not leave anybody behind – is exemplified in our youngest members of our institution," Capt. Frank Anderson proudly commended Morgan. "He's not a very big guy. He picked that young boy up quick, threw him on his back and ran the rest of the course. We are pumped."

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