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Sheriff Paul Kaupas loses his footing on trampoline

Meets his fate on the forward flip

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:23 p.m. CDT

If the Will County Sheriff was more of a flatfoot, he would have had an easier week.

“It’s called ‘stupid,’ ” Sheriff Paul Kaupas offered as a self-deprecating explanation for breaking his ankle while off-duty Sunday.

Kaupas spent Father’s Day with his daughters and grandchildren. At one point, he was watching them play in his daughter’s backyard on a new trampoline and thought he would give a few pointers.

“Fifty years ago I took trampoline lessons at the YMCA. So I was teaching them how to do a few things and they [challenged with] ‘You’re doing a lot of talking. Why don’t you come in here and show us,’ ” said Kaupas, 64.

Kaupas initially declined, but eventually began demonstrating his technique.

“They couldn’t get the forward flip, so despite not wanting to do anything stupid, I did the forward flip,” Kaupas said.

Kaupas did the flip but landed incorrectly and broke his right tibia near the ankle.

“The girls were yelling ‘Hurrah,’ but I laid down. My foot wasn’t flat and trampoline surfaces were a lot harder years ago,” he said.

Kaupas said his ankle seemed sprained, but went to the emergency room as a precaution. He “knew it wasn’t good” when the ankle swelled up as he took off the ice and bandage.

Kaupas is scheduled for surgery Thursday. He did not know how long his recovery period will be.

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