May 5, 2012
A helicopter is being used as a new rescue tool for the Albemarle County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team. The aircraft and its services are being provided by David King, co-owner of King Family Vineyard.
"My idea was if we gave the Sheriff Department the opportunity to use an asset that they don't normally have, in order to find somebody like me, lost in the woods that would be a good thing," said King.
The Sheriff's Department is thankful for the use of this new tool to assist in rescue operations.
"We normally rely on the Virginia State Police and that normally takes an hour to two hours, if one is available," said Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding.
The air search could help locate kids who have autism and Alzheimer patients who possess pocket size transmitters.
"If they were to wonder off, it submits a radio signal that can be picked up within just a couple of miles," said Harding.
On Saturday afternoon a transmitter was flown in the helicopter and within minutes the device picked up its target.
Those working with the Sheriff Department said the aircraft could help find those who are lost or hurt much quicker from the air.
King is providing the aircraft and service free of charge. He is also covering all expenses related to the helicopter.