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Information from GA Pundit- Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. Several Gold Star Families - who like the Bookers have lost a family member to conflictMore >>
Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield soldiers began Memorial Day observances Thursday. In 2013, Georgia lost 26 armed services members who gave their lives for us and their names were read in the State Capitol as part of our observance of Memorial Day.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:01 AM EDT2013-05-24 13:01:21 GMT
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) - Legal woes are piling up for the leader of Georgia's Democratic Party. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://bit.ly/199UTSo) that a lawsuit filed in Gwinnett CountyMore >>
A lawsuit filed in Gwinnett County this week accuses Mike Berlon of failing to distribute nearly $1 million from a trust he created for a friend and his son.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:45:38 GMT
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer. Crisp County Investigators say 25-year-old James Aultman stole more than $10,000More >>
A Cordele man is out of jail tonight, accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of jewelry from his former employer.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:40 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:40:13 GMT
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend. It's free, but they will accept donations to fund the department's annual community picnic in June. Musical artists from around SouthMore >>
Albany Police are putting on a free gospel concert this weekend.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 03:35:30 GMT
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday. Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard and Baconton Mayor AnnetteMore >>
A couple of South Georgia mayors attended a forum at the Albany Civil Rights Institute to enlighten the public on how city governments run, Thursday.More >>
January 16, 2003
Crisp County -- Rescue helicopters can save lives in medical emergencies in remote areas. Under new Homeland Security guidelines, all Department of Natural Resource officers in Georgia are being trained to help in chopper airlifts.
The Department of Natural Resource's Aviation Unit performs only one or two air rescues a year, but they want their Rangers to know how to render aid using the helicopters.
At Veterans State Park 36 South Georgia Rangers got hands on experience. Aviation Unit Chief Pilot Major Mike Thompson said "We wouldn't really anticipate any disaster like they had in New York and we hope it doesn't happen again. But we've got this capability and we're trying to make everybody aware of it and able to use it."
The DNR helicopter would only be used to lift out victims where time or terrain make it impossible for ground rescue. The Rangers were taught to circle the victim, giving the copter a good target. It lifts in the stretcher. The Rangers release the stretcher, and the aircraft circles the area. The rangers strap in the victim, then hook it back to the chopper's tether rope, and aid it's liftoff.
Ranger First Class Tommy Lawrence said "The air from the motors, it was very cold. It was kinda nerve-wracking not knowing what to expect."
Sgt. Wade Law said "It gives you the confidence to know exactly what has to be done in that situation. You don't have to wait for someone to call you on the radio or tell you. You know exactly what to do."
Most helicopter rescues are done in North Georgia mountains or remote areas of military bases. But the Aviation Unit knows it could be called to Southwest Georgia in case of floods, tornadoes, or tropical storms. Besides rescue work the state's 3 helicopters are also used for transporting public officials, firefighting and law enforcement, and aerial photography. They're based in Atlanta and St. Simon's Island. Georgia's Department of Natural Resources Rangers are being trained to conduct air rescues as part of the new Homeland Security Act.
DNR agents training in Albany believe this will be a good addition to their current mission. The DNR has three helicopters, two based near Atlanta, and one at St. Simons Island. These Bell 407 choppers are designed to carry six people, and are shared by the Governor's office.
Thursday marked the first training session, with six more to come, until all the Rangers are trained.