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Oh, Deer!Oh, Deer!
Oh, Deer!

The photos reveal the scrapes where the rider’s helmet struck the asphalt and road rash to the rider’s right wrist, the bottom left photo reveal some of the damage to his prized motorcycle as well as the unfortunate deer, which made it to the tall grass just beyond the side of the road before succumbing to its injuries. (Courtesy photos by Maj. Jason Ross)
Oh, Deer!


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Posted: 10/31/2014

Oh, Deer!Oh, Deer!
Oh, Deer!

The road tells part of the story. The skid marks and scuffs on County Road 85 in Autauga County, Ala., show the results of a May 7 motorcycle-deer collision. (Courtesy photo by Maj. Jason Ross)
Oh, Deer!


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Oh, Deer!Oh, Deer!
Oh, Deer!

Because of his protective equipment and training, Ross survived. He is now the commander of the 35th Maintenance Squadron at Misawa AB, Japan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany J. DeNault/ Released)
Oh, Deer!


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Posted: 10/31/2014

Oh, Deer!Oh, Deer!
Oh, Deer!

A happy Maj. Jason Ross stands in front of his brand new Harley Davidson Road King in July 2013. Little did he know the motorcycle would be totaled less than a year later while he was attending Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB, Ala. (Courtesy photo by Maj. Jason Ross)
Oh, Deer!


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Oh, Deer!Oh, Deer!
Oh, Deer!

Using Google Earth, this map shows County Road 85, where Ross’s motorcycle struck the deer and where he, the motorcycle and the deer ended up. In the major’s case, that meant he rolled about 278 feet from the point of impact. (Info Graphic by David Stack)
Oh, Deer!


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Posted: 10/31/2014

Nearly 'Re-tired'Nearly 'Re-tired'
Nearly 'Re-tired'

A tire blowout that caused a two-ton minivan to veer into her path on Highway 90 near Knippa, Texas, Jan. 2, nearly cost 1st Lt. Laura Jones her life. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jimmie D. Pike/ Released)
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Posted: 10/31/2014

Man on WireMan on Wire
Man on Wire

A double amputee, retired Capt. David Berling, a 56th Contracting Squadron contract specialist at Luke AFB, Ariz., lost his legs in a 2007 plane crash. Photos include the aircraft wreckage and Berling still in a coma eight days after the mishap. (Crash photo by Brad Graverson and coma photo by David Berling)
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Posted: 10/31/2014

Barking up the wrong treeBarking up the wrong tree
Barking up the wrong tree

Hunter stays more grounded these days. He is a civil engineer project manager at Goodfellow AFB, Texas, and a member of the Air Force’s 2014 Airman-to-Airman (A2A) Safety Advisory Council. He can be reached at stephen.hunter.8@us.af.mil. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ Released)
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Barking up the wrong treeBarking up the wrong tree
Barking up the wrong tree

Second Lt. Stephen Hunter is no longer a “social” climber. He learned his lesson after getting drunk, falling from a tree and breaking 25 bones, including 20 in his back. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ Released)
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Barking up the wrong treeBarking up the wrong tree
Barking up the wrong tree

Hunter got all-too-familiar with his wheelchair. Wearing a back brace, casts on both arms and brackets on his right leg, he spent the entire summer confined to his electric ride. (courtesy of Second Lt. Hunter)
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Barking up the wrong treeBarking up the wrong tree
Barking up the wrong tree

His leg, still swollen and stitched after surgery, will continue to give him problems as he ages. Doctors have said arthritis will undoubtedly be in his future. (courtesy of Second Lt. Hunter)
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Barking up the wrong treeBarking up the wrong tree
Barking up the wrong tree

X-rays help tell the tale. Hunter fractured his left wrist, driving the broken bone into his carpal tunnel. His right femur snapped in half, and a metal plate still holds the bone together. (courtesy of Second Lt. Hunter)
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Posted: 10/31/2014

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
MISSING DAN

Dan met Suzanne at church while attending the University of Central Arkansas. “She saw my son and he saw her and sparks flew,” Dan Wassom Sr. said. The couple had been married for nearly a decade before the tornado tore them apart. (Courtesy photo)
MISSING DAN


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Posted: 8/29/2014

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
MISSING DAN

Sifting through the rubble, locals were devastated by the EF-4 tornado that ripped through the small town of Vilonia. The twister destroyed 50 of the 56 homes in the Wassom’s subdivision and took the lives of 16 people. Among the things recovered in the debris were the Wassom’s beloved cat and two dogs — one of which turned up a month later. All three pets miraculously survived. (Courtesy photo)
MISSING DAN


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MISSING DANMISSING DAN
MISSING DAN

Sydney, 7, and Lorelai, 5, draws chalk messages to their deceased father, Master Sgt. Daniel r. Wassom II. Daniel and Pamela Wassom, parents of Master Sgt. Daniel R. Wassom II, tell the story of the one night that changed their life forever. Late one night a tornado in Vilonia, Ark., not only destroyed their son’s neighborhood. It took the life of their son, April 27, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ released)
MISSING DAN


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MISSING DANMISSING DAN
MISSING DAN

Sydney, 7, and Lorelai, 5, draws chalk messages to their deceased father, Master Sgt. Daniel r. Wassom II. Daniel and Pamela Wassom, parents of Master Sgt. Daniel R. Wassom II, tell the story of the one night that changed their life forever. Late one night a tornado in Vilonia, Ark., not only destroyed their son’s neighborhood. It took the life of their son, April 27, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong)
MISSING DAN


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Posted: 9/18/2014

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
MISSING DAN

Sydney, 7, and Lorelai, 5, draws chalk messages to their deceased father, Master Sgt. Daniel r. Wassom II. Daniel and Pamela Wassom, parents of Master Sgt. Daniel R. Wassom II, tell the story of the one night that changed their life forever. Late one night a tornado in Vilonia, Ark., not only destroyed their son’s neighborhood. It took the life of their son, April 27, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong)
MISSING DAN


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Posted: 9/18/2014

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
MISSING DAN

Daniel Wassom, father of Master Sgt. Daniel R. Wassom II, tells stories of spending time rebuilding the 1934 Ford Coupe with his son. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ Released)
MISSING DAN


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Posted: 8/29/2014

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
MISSING DAN

Dan Sr. and Pam are thankful for the generous outpouring they received. “I didn’t have to cook for a week,” Pam said. “Complete strangers sent us several packages and money, all of which we handed over to Suzanne. One friend even set up a fund that raised $63,000 for Bud’s family.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ Released)
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Posted: 9/3/2014

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
MISSING DAN

Pamela Wassom, mother of Master Sgt. Daniel R. Wassom II, holds her son’s flight jacket recovered from Master Sgt. Wassom’s destroyed home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ Released)
MISSING DAN


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Posted: 8/29/2014

MISSING DANMISSING DAN
MISSING DAN

Daddy’s girls through and through, Sydney (left) and Lorelai loved to take walks in the park with their dad, Master Sgt. Dan “Bud” Wassom II. The girls had their lives turned upside down when a tornado hit Vilonia, Ark., April 27, destroying their home and taking their daddy’s life. (photo illustration by David M. Stack)
MISSING DAN


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Posted: 8/29/2014

Maj. Gen. Kurt F. Neubauer, Air Force Chief of SafetyMaj. Gen. Kurt F. Neubauer, Air Force Chief of Safety
Maj. Gen. Kurt F. Neubauer, Air Force Chief of Safety

U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Kurt F. Neubauer, Air Force Chief of Safety, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., participates in an interview in support of mishap prevention within the U.S. Air Force, Mar. 11, 2014, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sarayuth Pinthong/ Released)
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Posted: 8/29/2014

NINE FEET TO AGONYNINE FEET TO AGONY
NINE FEET TO AGONY

Van Elsberg spent months in a cast after a complicated foot surgery and a long recovery period. (photo by Karen Van Elsberg)
NINE FEET TO ...


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Posted: 8/29/2014

NINE FEET TO AGONYNINE FEET TO AGONY
NINE FEET TO AGONY

An orthopedic surgeon with Southern Bone and Joint in Dothan, Ala., Dr. David Alford shows the damage done to Bob Van Elsberg's heel after a fall from a ladder. Van Elsberg spent months in a cast. (photo by Bob Van Elsberg)
NINE FEET TO ...


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Posted: 8/29/2014

    

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