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Gillette man works to bring wheelchair sports to community

GILLETTE - Justin West stopped bull riding in 2010. He'd recently had a bad fall, and doctors told him that if he had one more accident he would likely be paralyzed.

A few years later, he was in the Big Horn Mountains for his brother's birthday. They were riding snowmobiles when they came up on what they thought was a 5-foot drop. It turned out to be a 40-foot drop.

"I closed my eyes, and all I thought about was, I'm dead," he said.

Miraculously, West survived the fall. But he knew instantly that he'd broken his back going over the handlebars, and that his life would change forever.

Nine years...