January 17, 2005
Connecticut - On January 10, a Sikorsky Fire Hawk owned and operated by the Los Angeles County Fire Department rescued 34 victims in the midst of the series of storms that have drenched California in the past week. The record rainfall has caused deadly flooding and mudslides. The venerable Fire Hawk flew a total of 10.8 hours of flight time for 24 different rescues.
"The crew feels that at a minimum 20 of these souls would have been lost without the intervention of the Fire Hawk crew," said LA County Fire Chief Virgil "Lee" Benson. "Because all of you [at Sikorsky] in one way or another helped us do this, we are grateful to you."