Corporal Kevin Holtry hikes Table Rock during the LIMBitless Challenge

Posted at 10:16 PM, Jun 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-04 00:17:08-04

For some, hiking up Boise's iconic Table Rock may seem like the last thing they're capable of completing. During the second annual LIMBitless Challenge Saturday morning, 27 teams, each with a member facing physical disabilities including missing limbs proved nothing is impossible.

 "Everybody you see here is overcoming some different challenge they have had in their life and they're going up that hill," said Boise Police Chief Bill Bones. "It's not just an individual but a team, and that really represents who we are as a community I think," 

One team who defied all odds is Corporal Kevin Holtry and members of the Boise Police Department's SWAT Team. Just eight months ago, Holtry lost his leg after a shootout on the Boise bench. The shooting also leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. While he is still in the early stages of his recovery he has become an inspiration to many in the Treasure Valley including his friends on the SWAT team. 

"He's been one of best friends and now he is my inspiration so just being able to have that comradery helping pull him to the top although he did a lot of pushing as well it was rewarding," said Corporal Brek Orton of the Boise Police Department.  

His team even taking the hard way up. Instead of taking the long way around some steep terrain, they lifted him up on their shoulders carrying him uphill.

"We stayed as a team and helped all the other wheelchairs coming over the rocks," explained Orton.
It took officer Holtry's team just over an hour to reach the cross at the top, but the challenge isn't about who finishes first, but rather to show the world challenges are meant to be overcome.

"If we have a place to make it happen and we can help change people's lives then we are going, and that's what it's all about," said Roland Kern founder of the LIMBitless Challenge.