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    Daredevil seeks statue for Red Hill in Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    One of the last men to go over the falls in a barrel wants to see a proper memorial for one of Niagara Falls’ most legendary figures.

    Peter DeBernardi, who survived a 1989 trip over the Horseshoe Falls in a barrel he shared with Jeffrey Petkovich, is trying to raise awareness for a possible statue of famed river man Red Hill Sr. somewhere along the Niagara Parkway. Read More…

    More Stuntmen Want To Challenge The Mighty Niagara

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    From WKBW Channel 7 in Buffalo:

    Three men said if daredevil Nik Wallenda can perform a stunt across the falls, they should be able to as well. Park authorities said not so fast.

    Peter Debernardi, 65, Dave Munday, 75, and Scott Trotter, 49, all said they will plunge over the falls in barrels this year or next. If their names sound familiar, it is because they all have performed the stunt before, illegally. Trotter spent several days behind bars.

    This time two of the men, Debernardi and Trotter, plan to ask for the Canadian Park’s permission to perform the stunt. Munday said he would do it with or without their blessing.

    Stunting wall ‘knocked down’

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    If Nik Wallenda is allowed to walk over Niagara Falls, then daredevil Peter DeBernardi wants a chance to go over them — again.

    For those who don’t remember his name, rewind to Sept. 27, 1989.

    Peter DeBernardi, then 42, and Jeffrey Petkovich, 24, climbed into a home-made barrel at about 5:30 p.m. and plunged 175 feet over the mighty cataract. They suffered cuts and bruises, but survived the drop over the Horseshoe Falls and became the first to go over in a two-man barrel.

    DeBernardi, 65, now lives in Hamilton. He is requesting approval from the Niagara Parks Commission to “go over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls in a craft known as Spirit of Niagara II.”

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