A Valley amputee who lost his legs in a sail boat accident almost 46 years ago made it to the top of Pinnacle Peak on Wednesday.
Stephen Renneckar was aided on his climb by several Phoenix and Scottsdale firefighters, but it was his neighbor who encouraged him to make the climb.
“He said, ‘I’ve got some good friends of mine in the fire department and they’ve got one of those rescue chairs. We’ll pop you on there and haul you up. No problem at all,'” said Renneckar. “There was about 10 or 15 of those guys up here.”
Renneckar said he was extremely grateful to the firefighters for helping him make the climb.
“I would not have been able to get up in here in a wheelchair by myself,” he said. “This is not a wheelchair-friendly trail, but with a couple people helping you, you can do it.”
Renneckar lost his legs when his boat came into contact with a 13,000-volt power line and he was electrocuted.