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Sheriff's Chopper Helps Class Take Off

Orlando officers Rick Lovelace and Jack White recently spoke to an estimated 200 students at Mount Dora High School about the importance of aviation in law enforcement careers. As part of the visit, a Lake County Sheriff's Office helicopter landed on campus so that students could examine it. "It's one of the best jobs in law enforcement," stated White, who is chief pilot with the Sheriff's Office aviation division.  Meanwhile, Lovelace, a senior pilot with the aviation division, noted, "Flying is pretty much like playing video games." He informed the students about why the Sheriff's Office requires a helicopter, explaining that it is mostly utilized to locate missing people, including lost children, boating-accident victims, and Alzheimer's patients. In addition, the helicopter is employed for police chases, to help victims of traffic accidents, and to access crime scenes faster than patrol vehicles. The helicopter travels at approximately 138 mph and is outfitted with cameras. The students also found out they could receive training at Leesburg Airport, where a helicopter flight school is located.

December 28, 2008

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