The Luther Automotive Group

BROOKDALE CHEV GOES SKYDIVING

Heidi Manella on a 130 mph fall near Baldwin, Wis.

Service advisor Heidi Mannella was terribly afraid of heights, but didn’t shy away from an employee organized skydiving event.

“This was one thing I had to overcome,” said the Brookdale Chevrolet employee.  “It was unreal, and better than any rollercoaster I’ve ever been on.”

Mannella joined five coworkers from service and parts and six others at Skydive Twin Cities in

Technician Rich Pankratz organized the event at Skydive Twin Cities.

Technician Rich Pankratz organized the event at

Baldwin, Wis.  The idea began with technician Rich Pankratz, who asked around and then organized the outing.  “Everybody’s answer so far is that it’s been on their bucket list.”

The two at atime tandem jumps took place at about 13,000 feet with chute deployment 45 to 50 seconds into the ride, Pankratz explained.  Mannella was the last to go, and said witnessing the expressions from the others was priceless.  “They do twists and turns in the air.  It looks like you’re going to land going 30 mph, then right before, all of a sudden, they hit the brakes and you just land super soft,” she said.

One irony is that the organizer, who took a several hour class and was set for a 170 mph solo dive, had yet to do his jump as of this writing.  Wind speeds were not proper.

“A lot of people walking around here today still have pretty big smiles on their face,” said Pankratz, two days after the jump.  “Everybody thoroughly enjoyed it and would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Brookdale Chevrolet parts counterman Bob Jones skydives over western Wisconsin.  He was one of six Luther employees who accepted the challenge.

Brookdale Chevrolet parts counterman Bob Jones skydives over western Wisconsin. He was one of six Luther employees who accepted the challenge.

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