MANSFIELD – Chuck Tucker has been planning to jump out of an airplane for the past 14 months after a nurse at Crystal Care Center told him about her first skydiving experience.
On Monday, Tucker, 59, did just that.
A resident at the Wyandotte Avenue care facility for about five years, Tucker fulfilled one of his dreams by jumping out of a plane with Start Skydiving in Middletown along with Candy Turner, the nurse who inspired him to try skydiving, Also jumping were Tucker’s son, Rick Tucker; and Jerry Smith, the owner of Crystal Care Center.
Tucker’s occupational therapist, Jen Krupa, came along for support.
Tucker, who uses a wheelchair, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1990.
“It was different. It was fast,” he said Tuesday, a bit tired from the big outing.
He previously worked 15 years at Arcellor Mittal in Shelby.
Turner marked her fourth jump on Monday; everyone else with their group was jumping for the first time.
Tucker said he wanted to try it because he had never done it before.
He had a crowd of friends with him for the thrilling experience, which he said he would do all over again if he was asked.
Afterward, everyone ate out at Longhorn Steakhouse.
A Crestview High School graduate, Tucker said he has always been adventurous and after being diagnosed he made sure to fly somewhere every other month including places such as Guam, Hawaii, Las Vegas, St. Louis and Washington D.C. He also has a daughter, Crystal.
Tucker said his tandem jumper, Phil, who has jumped more than 7,000 times, was wonderful, spinning him around and allowing him to view everywhere while he was in the air.
He said he wasn’t worried about anything, not even landing.
“Those guys are extremely good people. They’re outstanding in their job. They made sure I was buckled up really, really tight,” he said.
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