× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Fireman Fired For Transplant #224723

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 09, 1972
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(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

Rather, Dan;
Threlkeld, Richard

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.