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Local Vet Thankful to Be Alive

Society & Culture  (tags: society, accident, Vet, motorcycle, van, injuries, life support, recovery, GoodNews )

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Despite all the odds against him, one local man lives to tell his story. On this Thanksgiving, our Erin Connolly shows us a man who is just thankful to be alive.

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Dee C. (23)
Saturday November 28, 2009, 9:07 pm
"GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- Meet Jason Hopper. He's a guy who seems to have it all. He's a veteran, a loving husband and a very proud poppa.

"He's the best little guy ever. I couldn't ask for anyone else," Hopper said.

Before Hopper became a dad to 22-month-old Alex, he served in the Coast Guard as an aviation maintenance technician. He said what he learned in the military has helped shape the man he is today.

"The military did teach me to never give up. The military taught me how to take what you have and make it better," said Hopper.

Hopper didn't know how those lessons would come into play, but they did last May. Riding his motorcycle to work at Warren County Airport, Hopper was struck by a van. Flown by helicopter to Albany Medical Center, Hopper almost didn't make it."

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Cheree M. (46)
Sunday November 29, 2009, 12:29 am
Great Ending to the story. Thanks Dee for sharing. It only takes one second & your life can change for a life time.

Marty H. (119)
Sunday November 29, 2009, 2:26 am
Thanks Dee! Poor fellow! Wow!

Rhonda Maness (580)
Sunday November 29, 2009, 1:45 pm
Thanks Dee

pam M. (98)
Monday November 30, 2009, 2:18 pm
What a heartfelt story a true testament to what we all should be thankful for. My minister always begins his sermon: be thankful that you woke up this morning, that your woke up in your right mind able to walk and talk. Material things come and go, but all should be thankful for the small things we all take for granted. I longed for a pair of shoes until I met a man who had no feet. I remember this biblical saying everytime I lement about trival problems I could be worse.
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