Hickory-based reporter Dave Faherty was following the search in a rugged area of the foothills when authorities asked for assistance from Chopper 9 overhead. “They asked us for help because they couldn’t locate the suspect,” says news director Julie Szulczewski. “We wanted to help them because it was a public safety threat.”
Andy Holt, who has been flying Chopper 9 for nearly two decades, was focusing on officers in the woods when he got the call. He landed nearby and two Burke deputies climbed aboard his six-seat helicopter. An officer on the ground reached the slain Forest Service officer and signaled his position to the helicopter with a strobe flashlight, allowing deputies to direct others to the scene. After about 30 minutes, the State Highway Patrol helicopter arrived to continue the search for the suspect, who was ultimately killed.
“Over the years, we have helped out law enforcement as needed,” says Holt, who flew H-53 Sea Dragons while he was in the Navy.
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During his coverage Billy Graham‘s 95th birthday party for the ABC Charlotte affiliate, a bus backed straight into the spot where Faherty was standing. To his credit, he continued his live shot mostly uninterrupted, moving quickly to a safer spot while he kept reporting. “This bus and others like it have been busing people in because there are so many people showing up for the event tonight, upwards of 800,” Faherty said.
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“Oh my gosh. There was an accident right behind me,” Faherty said as he jumped out of the shot. “I’m sorry about that, for jumping out of the way.” Read more