The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 16, 2001 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Monday, April 16, 2001
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2001 Patrol / Helping out others FROM PAGE A1 "With the helicopter, you can get down in wooded areas, fly along the tree line. You can go at a slower speed and really look." A successful rescue When Aubrey Cashion was missing, Lamb said officers first searched the land around the home using the helicopter and infrared camera but were unsuccessful. It was the next morning, with the helicopter flying low over the wooded area, that she was found. Aubrey and the two dogs were in a line of trees, hidden by the foliage. "She was about three-quarters of a mile north of the house, by a pasture with tall grass," Sheryl Cashion said. "She was just a little, teeny thing, down in that grass. "My husband and I had walked that area about 4 a.m. We were so close to her, but we never saw her We still can't figure out why those dogs didn't make a sound." When Aubrey was found, she was wet from an early morning rain, and her legs were cold. Although she wasn't suffering from hypothermia, her mother said it could have set in quickly in the September chill. "If they wouldn't have found her when they did, who knows what would have happened," Cashion said. "I think it was a really, really good thing that helicopter was out there." The importance of infrared Most times. Lamb said, the helicopters and planes are used in conjunction with ground teams and dogs. They've been used to search for suspects or missing people, for surveillance operations and to seek out marijuana-growing operations. "We'll fly to locate people or to locate marijuana fields, then we'll send the ground team in," LEunb said. "We get lots of calls to look for Alzheimer's patients who walk away from rest homes, especially in the winter We look for missing boaters, missing hunters. "Especially in the cities, it's almost impossible to operate without infrared." An infrared camera seeks out heat. Lamb explained. Hot objects show up as white on the patrol's cameras. Murray Marston, an Ellsworth-based master trooper for the patrol who sometimes operates the infrared camera on flights, said the camera is operated by a remote- control device in the aircraft. "It's similar to operating a video game," Marston said. "You can zoom in and see things." The camera has a range of about a quarter of a mile, Marston said. With new infrared cameras being used by the patrol, the operator can zoom in on an image and lock the camera, so it tracks the object. During a recent public rela- Don't Forget Administrative Professionals' Week Fettle's Flowers 341 Center, Salina Flowers For All Occasions. www .ftd .com^etaesflowers Pati*ol unit up in the air , ' Lt. Jirri Lamb, cpmmancler of the/Kansas Higliway \ Patrol's Salina aerial unit, said KHP pilots across the. state flew 360 times In tlie seven-month period beginning July 1, logging 158 hours of flight time. The Salina crew flew 141 missions. Purposes of those trips included: • 24 trips to take blood from the American Red Cross to a hospital during an emergency • 54 manhunts • 17 night infrared operations • 30 flights to take eye tissue to a trarlsplarjt center ot to take rabies samples to the Kansas State University' , College of Veterinary Medicine • 13 flights to take surveillance photographs for the patrol or another law enforcement agency • 47 search-and- surveillance operations. Of those, three were searches for suicidal people, two were for missing children and others w;ere searches for burglary suspects, missing people or homicide victims — By The Salina Journal tions presentation at Ellsworth High School, Marston and Brent VanBuren, also an EUswforth-based master trooper, showed promotional videos explaining the technology In one clip, law officers in a helicopter used an infrared camera to find a suspect lodged in a tree. The man's image, bright white, glowed on the camera. It was so dark outside, though, and the foliage was so dense, that officers on the ground couldn't see the man. Officers in the helicopter directed officers to the suspect, teUing them to walk one step forward, one step to the left and so forth. "In a manhunt, you'd have the helicopter in the air, dogs on the ground, officers on the ground," Marston said. "You all work together." Having officers in the air also makes car chases safer. Lamb: said. A patrol pilot in a plane or helicopter can fly over and track a suspect's vehicle, allowing officers on the ground to back off the chase and reduce the risk of a crash. Officers in the air also can warn officers on the ground of hazards they are approaching, such as slow- moving vehicles or creeks. "It really enhances the safety for the officers on the ground," Lamb said. The patrol crew is available to any law enforcement agency at any time. Helping other law agencies Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski takes advantage of the crews. 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WIKklC W Natural rubber outside for cushion and slip resistant ' Molded inersol^ "They had a helicopter up for about four hours, circling the area," Kochanowski said. "They were able to keep everyone in that area, and when they saw someone, they'd direct the officers on the ground." Officers located all but two of the 17 suspects within that four hours; the other two turned themselves in the next day. "We use them a couple of times a year," Kochanowski said. "If they're available and the weather permits, they're more than willing to help." The Wichita Police Department has its own aircraft unit and thermal imaging camera, but when the department's crews aren't available, the highway patrol is called. Lt. Paul Shields, head of the department's air section, called the patrol at Salina this past year when officers were searching for vehicles belonging to a missing Wichita woman and her live-in boyfriend. A patrol crew flew Wichita investigators over the city for a day, but didn't find the vehicles. Later, the woman's vehicle was found in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the man was found in Seattle. "We've had several occasions when we've called them in," Shields said. "We have found the KHP aircraft division flight crews to be extremely accommodating in honoring requests from 'outside' agencies." • Reporter Sharon Montague can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 129, or by e-mail at sjsmontague © SIZES N(AA) M(B) W(D) 4 1/2 S1/2 6 1/2 71/2 S 1/2 9 1/2 101/2 111/2 12 13 H Mon.-Fri. -removable • Ultra comfort lining Hours: a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat. 9 a,m. - 5:30 p.m. (785) 823-2146 /122 S. 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