CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 09, 1972
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(Studio) California fireman loses job after transplant operation. Doctors replace missing thumb with big toe.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Redwood City, California) Carl Tagler builds 7-room house by himself. Cut off right thumb with power saw. Doctors replace thumb with toe. [TAGLER - says new thumb is as good as old.] Redwood City Fire Department says he's disabled. [Redwood City assistant manager, James SMITH - says director of retirement system says Tagler has serious limitations, and was therefore retired.] [TAGLER - doesn't want disability pay. Says he's physically capable of being a fire fighter, and wants to do his job.] Says he will take case to court
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld
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