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Paralyzed Rockland Teacher Offers Students Lesson Of Strength, Hope

Paralyzed teacher Billy Keenan is shown with Rockland County Executive Ed Day in Tappan's German Masonic Park in 2014. Keenan, a New City resident, has been back in the classroom for nearly a year now.
Paralyzed teacher Billy Keenan is shown with Rockland County Executive Ed Day in Tappan's German Masonic Park in 2014. Keenan, a New City resident, has been back in the classroom for nearly a year now. Photo Credit: keenanstrong.org/Facebook

THIELLS, N.Y. – A Rockland County teacher left paralyzed by a surfing accident has been back in the classroom for nearly a year now ... and he's loving it, according to a report by lohud.com.

Billy Keenan, a 49-year-old New City man, said he is thrilled that his social studies students at North Rockland High School treat him like any other teacher, lohud.com reported.

A former captain in the U.S. Army and athlete, the married father of two boys is an accomplished musician who played guitar and sang, according to an earlier lohud.com article .

Although he has physical obstacles to overcome, Keenan said he finds his five-day-a-week job not only liberating, but a way to convey the importance of never giving up --- not even during life's darkest moments, the lohud.com story said.

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