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Sanford police officer dies in rappelling exercise

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SANFORD, NC (AP) -- Officials have released the name of a
Sanford police officer who died while rappelling during a training
demonstration.

Officials say 55-year-old Elieser Colonroche died while
participating in a training demonstration Tuesday at Central
Carolina Community College. Colonroche was rappelling down a tower
when he crashed into it.

Colonroche was taken to University of North Carolina Hospitals
in Chapel Hill, where doctors found extensive internal bleeding. He
died at the hospital.

Police say the death was an accident and say no safety
regulations were broken.

Colonroche spent 22 years as a member of the U.S. Army's 82nd
Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.

The father of three was experienced at rappelling and was also
an avid skydiver.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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