Greenwood man talks about surviving a harrowing fall from 11th-floor balcony

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Two words went through Mark Hefley’s head in the moments after he leaned too far back and toppled off an 11th-floor Florida balcony Tuesday.

The first word was “Oh”; the second was an expletive that won’t be published in IndyStar.

“It just felt like it was a long way down,” Hefley, 38, told IndyStar on Friday. He’s back home in Greenwood now, nursing bruises and a bloody nose but thankful to be alive.

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