Taking to the skies

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

SHERMAN, Tex.--Some area agencies are trying to add another dimension to Texoma law enforcement. Grayson County sheriff Keith Gary gave a proposal to the County Commissioners Monday, asking them to consider a Texoma Air Unit.

Gary says during the June floods authorities had to wait until a helicopter could arrive from Garland to assist in rescue efforts. He says with a regional air unit, the response time would be a lot quicker.

About one year ago, Bryan County received an army surplus helicopter. That aircraft, along with two fixed wing airplanes would be a part of the unit. Currently he Grayson and Bryan county sheriff's offices are involved as well as the Durant and Sherman police departments.

Gary says the aerial vantage point would help them find drug fields normally hidden. The airplanes could help transport inmates quickly, and in the case of severe flooding or emergencies, help save lives.

"In this case we could have up in a matter of minutes and maybe save someone who is stranded in a tree or stranded on top of a car,” Gary says. “It's going to give us a lot of opportunities to do things we haven't been able to do."

The program would cost the county around $5,000 a year, but they would take that from drug seizure funds. The program would not require money from the county budget.

This is still in the preliminary stage; no word yet on if and when it could be approved.

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  • by WHY Location: denison on Oct 16, 2007 at 09:10 AM
    Why would a county like Grayson that is never in the news get involved with a county that is always in the news (bad) Jail breaks, deputy speeding and hits horse, county owes 300,000 dollars that they spent that did not belong to them, escapes from bryan county jail (to many to mention) bryan county not paying back debts,bryan county fined by health department,could go on and on but all i really want to say is THINK LONG AND HARD GRAYSON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS before getting involved with a loser county like BRYAN COUNTY.
  • by ARKIE 1947 Location: Colbert on Oct 16, 2007 at 08:41 AM
    Well, if Bryan County Could afford Mr. Sturches Air-Force that would be great. However, relying on someone out side to fly this equipment, with the natural turn over in employees in Bryan County Sheriffs Department, also, there is many FAA Regulations, which require cost after cost cost; and Craftmen type personal are required just to do maintance, all have to be licined by the FAA. Also; if we enter into agreement with other counties, we could not fullfill any obligation, because at some point there will be no one to operate the Air-Force equipment. Another HUGE POINT, Libility Insurance is astronomical for Helicopter's, about $250,000.00 per year, if the Bryan County Air-Force crashes into someone's home, or business, the only recorse the injured have is to sue Broke-Bryan-County. This Air-Force is a Dead-Well, to throw money into that could be used to equipe the Deputies that Serve and Protect us the citizens. The OHP have Aircraft that can be used for this area anyway.
  • by Old Man Location: Bokchito on Oct 16, 2007 at 06:46 AM
    Now that would be great if our law enforcement joined together to do something like this and I would like to see Bryan counties Under Sheriff and two of his deputies running that show and that is Kenneth Golden, Deputy nave and deputy Wes as them guys there have good heads on their sholders.And as for the I hope rumors of Steve Pelto becoming a pilot I would hope not as I don't think he is good for anything other than sitting behind a desk I never see him out working the streets anymore is he too good or what? Why are we wasting tax payers money on him? That man there is never out patroling or working inless it involves Oklahoma Highway Patrol or US Marshals hell let him go to work for them and save our money for someone who will be out doing their job instead of laid up inside doing nothing it is truly sad when I see the Sheriff and Under Sheriff out working and not him is he Special or something?
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