Injured officer flies to new heights

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SAN DIEGO – The San Diego police officer, who lost his leg in an off-duty motorcycle accident caused by a teen driver, proved that he’s still “got it” and that he’s quite a daredevil.

Three months after losing his leg, Detective James “Chappie” Hunter flew around Mission Bay on a jet pack Sunday.

The 41-year-old detective has been determined to keep living an active life and helping other people with disabilities.

Chappie Flys“Yeah, I lost my leg, but mentally I’m good – nothing else happened to me,” he said.  “I can still see my family, especially my wife and kid who are the most important things in the world to me.”

Sunday’s event allowed Chappie to not only reach new heights, but also raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

The charity provides opportunities and support for physically disabled people so they can pursue active lifestyles.

“For me to work hard to get to this point to be able to do something like this, it helps motivate others to do the same thing,” Hunter said.

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