Speed Reads

Only in America

Only in America: The marathon-running firefighter who collects disability

A marathon-running firefighter collects $50,000 a year in disability payments — and more in our collection of strange revelations about the nation

A Wisconsin firefighter who is paid $50,000 a year on permanent disability has competed in seven marathons and one Ironman triathlon. Aaron Marjala, 28, says he has nerve damage in an elbow that prevents him from firefighting. "I have minor limitations," he said, "but it doesn’t stop me from getting out and enjoying stuff."