- Associated Press - Thursday, July 13, 2017

LEECHBURG, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania police chief who lost part of his arm in a fireworks explosion at the borough’s fireman’s carnival has been married 18 days later.

Leechburg Police Chief Michael Diebold married Danielle Reinke in a ceremony attended by about 200 people along the Kiskiminetas River on Wednesday evening.

The 39-year-old chief is also licensed to run his own fireworks business. He was injured when a shell exploded June 24, and he lost his left hand and lower arm.

Diebold was released from a Pittsburgh hospital a week before the wedding and eventually hopes to resume his police duties wearing a prosthetic limb.

Mayor Shawn Lerch officiated the wedding and issued a proclamation honoring three emergency workers who saved Diebold’s life, using a belt as a tourniquet to stem the bleeding.

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