2012 - Thru the Fire
2012 - Thru the Fire

2012 - Thru the Fire


HERO:  Israel Del Toro

BRANCH:  U.S. Air Force

ARTIST:  Chuck Anderson, NoPattern



In 2005, U.S. Air Force Tech Sergeant Israel Del Toro’s Humvee rolled over a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. He was burned on over 80% of his body, he nearly died three times while undergoing medical treatment, and was given only a 50% chance of survival. Doctors said he’d never walk again or even breath on his own. Against all odds, Del Toro left the hospital within three months and managed to re­-enlist in the Air Force, becoming the first 100% combat ­disabled Air Force technician to do so. Inspired by the tattoo on his severely burned arm, the phoenix represents Del Toro with his arms raised up amongst the flames. His design reflects his personal motto, “Through these flames I am stronger,” and represents the strength, courage, and confidence he embodies every day.