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Former officer fought to end disability and return to work

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 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- We've all heard of people fighting to get on disability, but not off of it.

A former Metro police officer, who lost his leg, fought to end his benefits. "I was hired in 1989, road Dixie Highway on 3rd shift and then in 1996 I went to the K-9 Unit," said Kevin Huber, Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy.

After nearly 20 years as a local police officer, Kevin Huber was forced to retire because of several failed knee replacements.

"You know, once they said amputation, fusion, you know, the things that were running through my mind were just, you know, everything was over with," said Deputy Huber.

Life wasn't over, but his career as a Metro Police officer was. That's because he lost his right leg.

"Took about 4 years and two doctors to try to save it and they did everything they could, they were fantastic individuals. I had no idea what my future held," said Deputy Huber.

That's when Huber retired and went on disability.

Huber explained, "I was 48 years old, I still had a lot of vinegar in me, I wanted to do things."

So he got a prosthetic leg, but learning to walk again wasn't easy.

"Once my right leg was amputated... I had no balance, I was like a toddler again," said Deputy Huber.

The new leg got Huber back on his feet and loving life again.

"I petitioned the Kentucky retirement system in Frankfort."

But he never quite fell in love with being on disability.

Huber explained, "And I am one of a very small few that have ever taken a medical disability and undone it."

So after learning how to walk again, Huber reached out to Sheriff John Aubrey and asked for and was given a job as a deputy at the Hall of Justice.

"It's awesome, I love it, I'm back," said Deputy Huber.

Back in uniform and back to doing the things he loves like yard work, golfing and coaching little league baseball.
"I am one of the assistant coaches for the Lyndon Attack and have been doing that for a couple of years, they're great kids," said Deputy Huber. "We always kind of joke that if coach Huber is on 3rd base giving us signs and falls down, it's okay to laugh, but you have to come help me up."

Meanwhile, with more than 20-years behind the badge, Huber can retire anytime.

"I have no plans on retiring, I'm staying as long as they'll have me," said Deputy Huber.

In addition to coaching baseball, Kevin Huber also spends his spare time visiting and mentoring other amputees - especially the young ones.

"I just went the other night and spoke to a young man, a 16 year old boy that was involved in a horrible accident in Henderson, Kentucky and lost his leg above the knee," said Deputy Huber. "They have thousands and thousands of questions and it took me about an hour and we just sat and we prayed and we had tears in our eyes. I told him that it's okay..that life after losing a limb is not over."

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