Paratrooper Steve Daniel’s hard-landing injury triggered a sequence that transformed him into a Paralympian and medical doctor
Story and photography by Stephen J. Thorne
Once he joined the infantry, all Steve Daniel wanted was to be a paratrooper, and he became a good one.
Daniel signed up at 19, moved into the 1st Airborne Regiment soon after and, when it was disbanded in 1995, joined Para Company, 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment out of Petawawa, Ont.
He was an elite paratrooper, a pathfinder (airborne reconnaissance) and a freefall specialist.
South of the border, they call it HALO jumping—high-altitude low-opening. As opposed to static-line jumping, where 50 paras will deploy in less than a minute and the chutes are small, round and open on exit, freefall chut...