09-10-2005, 11:28 PM #1
Iraq veteran injured in parachute jump before football game
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- An Army parachutist who recently returned from Iraq was injured in a hard landing in the middle of the field at Mackay Stadium before the Washington State-Nevada football game Friday night.
Chief Warrant Officer Dave Larson of Hurst, Texas, broke a hip and an arm. He was the second of three parachutists who jumped from a helicopter in gusty winds during a pregame ceremony honoring the military.
Larson, a Green Beret, was coming in fast, then pulled up slowly near the top of the stands before the wind appeared to drop out of the parachute and he fell about 60 feet and landed on his side. Paramedics attended to him on the field for about 10 minutes before he was taken to Washoe Medical Center in Reno.
Larson had made more than 2,000 jumps in his career. His condition was not immediately known, but he was expected to be hospitalized for two days, said Jamie Klund, Nevada sports information director. ``It is somewhat serious, obviously,'' Klund said.
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