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Updated: 12/23/2013 08:00:01AM

Fighting spirit

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SUN PHOTO BY BILL JONES
Hilarion Pagan, 82, of Port Charlotte, is presented a black belt by master instructor Osvaldo Casta, from World Martial Arts Academy, at Charlotte Harbor Health Care, where Pagan is rehabilitating after a heart attack. Looking on, from left, are academy instructor Chad Smith, son-in-law Tony Silva, and daughter Cathy Silva.

By BILL JONES

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PORT CHARLOTTE — Hilarion Pagan, 82, alone in his Port Charlotte home, suffered a heart attack about 9 p.m. Nov. 30.

But strong of will and strong of body after black-belt martial arts training, he took nitroglycerin, went back to bed and waited until 7 a.m. Sunday to call his daughter, Cathy Silva, who lived nearby.

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