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Cadets face fear of heights

Killeen Fire Academy trainees rappel off hotel roof

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Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 4:30 am

Cadet Robert Johnson stood on the rooftop of a six-story building as the cool breeze brushed against his skin. Strapped to a harness, Johnson peered over the edge and faced his fears. With the motivation of 18 cadets, he slowly rappelled down the Courtyard by Marriott during a rescue situation class for Killeen’s Fire Training Academy.

“I just don’t like heights, and this was a big day for me,” Johnson said. “My classmates were cheering me on and the instructors were competent and confident.”

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