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      In Memory of and Designed by Bill Clede


Bill Mill: In 1972 and 1973 there were three cases where people had fallen overboard in Long Island Sound and rescuers had a difficult time getting to them. In at least one case, they arrived too late. In another case, a private pilot friend of mine was circling the area and trying to attract rescue boats to the scene, but his aircraft radio could not match the frequencies of the marine radios.dangle.jpg (98906 bytes)
  About this time, the Connecticut National Guard was taking delivery on a new bunch of helicopters, and I began pressing General Freund, the State Adjutant General, to have them equipped with rescue hoists. I even offered to be the first "victim" to be lifted up into the helicopter. He finally had the hoists installed and called my bluff, saying he planned the demonstration for the front lawn of the State Capitol. The date was set, but the pilot was anxious to experiment earlier to determine the best hovering height for the operation, so the day before I met him at Bradley Airport and we made three hoists from 50, 100 and 200 feet. Each time he would drop the hook, I would grab it and up we went. As soon as i was in the chopper, he’d land and let me out and then we’d do it again.
  The next day we carried out the State Capitol demonstration, and I had the unusual experience of being on the other end of interviews with reporters, including, of course, our own Larrye DeBear. It wasn’t often that WTIC got on the front page of the Hartford Times!






Clipping and remembrance thanks to Bill Mill


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