Matt Long

Matt was a New York City firefighter and marathon runner. During the transit strike of 2005, the only way Matt could get to work was on his bicycle. Tragically, he was hit and pulled under a charter bus as it made an illegal turn. He was pinned between the frame of the bus and the street. His pelvis, legs, and torso were crushed; his right shoulder was dislocated; his gastrointestinal system was destroyed; and his major arteries were severed. Matt was basically bleeding to death. “This man should have died,” recalls Dr. Lorich, Chief, Orthopaedics at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Matt underwent 42 surgeries and spent five months in the hospital. In 2008, he ran the New York City Marathon. And Dr. Lorich and his family were at the finish line cheering him on. Matt tells his story in his book, The Long Run: A New York City Firefighter’s Triumphant Comeback from Crash Victim to Elite Athlete.