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Updated: 03/26/2014 08:00:05AM

Unsung hero rises again

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Jose Lopez-Rivera and his therapist Fermin Zapanta work on his rehabilitation.

By LAUREEN ALBRECHT

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As an airborne sergeant for the Army during the 1980s, Jose Lopez-Rivera’s responsibilities were to train young recruits how to safely repel out of a helicopter.

Training involves a rigorous and multi-phase process for those who are not faint of heart. For many who stand in the open door of an in-flight helicopter, it’s an eye-opening experience. As you look down for the first time repelling to the ground, you’re conquering your own fears.

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