Stemming from a freak boating accident earlier this year, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor succumbed to amputation of her right hand's index fingertip. As a cop who is right-handed, Chief Castor had to navigate how to re-learn to shoot in order to maintain her certification as a Florida law enforcement officer. Not one to allow challenges to go unheeded, Chief Castor practiced feverishly dry-firing a handgun by utilizing her longest finger instead of her now-shortened index finger. Bullet-free dry-firing allowed Chief Castor to retrain her brain and gain a feel for the ameliorated proposition of using her long finger to squeeze the trigger.
To find another method is very noble indeed.
To those who know her determination and perseverance, exceeding beyond her general scope of possibility is a staple which makes up Chief Castor's character.
So, when the realm of being fitted for a prosthetic fingertip arose, Chief Castor didn't balk at the opportunity. Not resting on her laurels of being able to fire her handgun with an alternate finger, Chief Castor submitted to wearing a prosthetic.
David Robinson, an anaplastologist with Westcoast Brace & Limb in Tampa, Fla., worked closely with Chief Castor. After the prototype fingertip was measured, engineered and fitted until all modifications were just right, the final fitting transpired on Wednesday, October 30, 2013.
Essentially, the fabrication process entailed creating a silicone-based mold of her left index finger. Inasmuch as the homogeneity pertains to assimilating one finger to mimic all other digits, a closely-matching pigment was used to paint the synthetically-textured skin.
Once applied, it is quite remarkable to witness a near-perfect blend of ten fingers, one of which will be prosthetically sound to properly fire a police service weapon.
With the ever-evolving wonders in prosthetic devices and the advent of keen human engineering, police officers like Chief Castor can successfully partake and endure more years as a cop.
A growing number of law enforcement officers across the nation are finding themselves in circumstances similar to those of Chief Castor.
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