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KCSD aviation wins award

The Aviation Unit of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office has received a prestigious award for its outstanding record in aviation safety.

The Helicopter Association International awarded its Operation Safety Award for 2003 to the aviation unit. “I am very pleased with this impressive honor for our aviation unit. It demonstrates the professionalism and dedication to safety that our unit exhibits every day,” Sheriff Tim Hutchison said.

In a letter to Hutchison, the president of HAI, Roy Resavage, said: “You can take great pride in this award. It represents an achievement not only for your company but for the entire helicopter industry as well. By increasing safety and reliability, you are helping to meet the challenges that we face now, and which we will surely face in the future.”

Sheriff Hutchison started the county’s first aviation unit in 1996 through a Department of Defense military surplus program. Since that time, the Sheriff’s Office has acquired six helicopters free of charge through the program. The aviation unit is based at Island Home Airport and assists patrol in many law enforcement functions such as pursuits, search and rescue, drug investigations and special operations. The unit is also available to help surrounding counties.

The Helicopter Association International was formed in 1948 to bring together the leaders of the civil helicopter industry. There are more than 1,400 member organizations in more than 70 nations who belong to the HAI. The organization works on behalf of its members on a number of programs, including safety issues, educational programs and legislative issues. Every year HAI recognizes outstanding achievements in the civil helicopter industry such as the one awarded to KCSO.


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