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    Tyler Lang of Birdseye, 17, waited patiently on the ground as he was crow hunting with family and friends on the LangsÕ property in Birdseye on Jan. 12. Tyler was injured in a car accident in March 2012, his junior year at Crawford County High School, that left him without the use of his legs. With a strong will and family support, he continues to do what he likes to do the most, hunt. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Tyler, right, and his brother Jake, 13, put on face paint in TylerÕs bathroom as they got ready to go crow hunting Jan. 12. TylerÕs parents, Jenny and Billy, added a bedroom and bathroom, with a wide door frame and handrails, to the first floor of their home so Tyler could access it easily. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    A family photograph is taped to the refrigerator in the LangsÕ home. Pictured are Tyler, left, his brother Hunter, friend Phillip Walton, TylerÕs father, Billy, TylerÕs twin, Todd, and brother Jake, holding up their rabbits after a hunt a few years before TylerÕs accident. Tyler pretended to hold up a rabbit because he didnÕt shoot one that day. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Tyler waited in the car as his father, Billy, tried to open a gate to a handicap-accessible hunting area in the Hoosier National Forest on May 2 as the two went turkey hunting together. Unable to get the gate open, Billy and Tyler had to drive a four-wheeler around the gate and carry the rest of their gear with them into the forest. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Jason Bayer of Huntingburg, a family friend, carried Tyler from the four-wheeler he rode to a suitable location where he could sit and hunt crows from cover on the LangsÕ property Jan 12. TylerÕs father, Billy, trailed behind carrying the guns. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    TylerÕs friend Kyle Detty of Birdseye, 15, grabbed TylerÕs wheelchair from the back of TylerÕs truck as they, along with Aaron Huff of Birdseye, 17, left, and a group of their friends got together to hang out at KyleÕs house April 4. Tyler had hand controls installed in his truck to allow him to drive it. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    TylerÕs father, Billy, middle, and his brother Jake, 13, sat in their living room as they watched a hunting program on television after a party to celebrate the 17th birthday of Tyler and his twin brother, Todd, with family and friends Jan. 16. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Tyler used forearm crutches under the direction of his primary physical therapist, Cassidy Raibert, second from left, Feb. 22 at the Frazier Rehab Institute in Louisville, where he attended therapy sessions three times a week. The accident he suffered, when a box truck rear-ended the vehicle he was riding in, left Tyler with a burst fracture in his L1 vertebra. Tyler has been doing physical therapy since the accident with the hopes of walking again. TylerÕs father, Billy, wheeled alongside in TylerÕs chair, followed by TylerÕs mother, Jenny. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Tyler watched from the side of the basketball court at the Birdseye park as some of his friends played basketball together April 15. Before TylerÕs accident he was positioned to be Crawford County High SchoolÕs starting varsity quarterback. He still spends a lot of time outdoors, particularly hunting. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Tyler received a kiss from his mother, Jenny, left, and girlfriend, Hailei Gehlhausen of Schnellville, as they took pictures before Crawford County High SchoolÕs prom May 4. Hailei and Tyler started dating a little more than a year before the accident. Tyler was named prince of the prom. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Tyler and friend Kyle Detty, 15, hung onto deer hangers as they talked in KyleÕs garage in Birdseye on April 4. Tyler spends much of his free time with friends and family doing activities related to hunting. Matthew Busch/The Herald

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    Tyler looked out the window of his home to see if the rain had let up enough to allow him and his friends go outside to shoot clay pigeons Feb. 10. Matthew Busch/The Herald