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Second Careers: Air Rescue Specialist

He learned to save those in peril

Rescue Paramedic Richard Sine
Sam Comen

DICK SINE, 66 | $53,000 a year

"Retirement is freedom."

Home: Bigfork, Mont.

Previous life: Law enforcement

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Why he did it: I’d long dreamed of becoming a park ranger. Glacier National Park hired me on as a summer ranger. My year-round job is emergency medical services manager for my county, keeping track of 350 EMTs, tracking their training, monitoring drug inventories and more.  

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How he did it: I went back to college for EMS training and became state licensed as a critical care advanced skills paramedic. I studied anatomy, pharmacology and more. Now, during the park’s off-season, I hang underneath a helicopter on a cable to reach those in need.  

What you need to know: Don’t let the thought of more education or training deter you. The joy of having a pension is doing what you want to do, not what you have to do to pay the bills.

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