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Older smokejumpers live for more than pay

by Jeff Barnard (AP) |

52 year old Smokejumper Mark Corbet who has over 660 jumps under his belt talks about the people he meets, the hazards he's faced and conquered and training in 1974, his rookie year.

"It's kind of a cul-de-sac career. Once you get to a certain point, there's not a lot of movement," said Atteberry. "But it's addictive when you have the winter off and all you think about is coming back and doing it some more. I guess there are greater rewards than money."