Bob Lasinski, helicopter mechanic for St. Louis County Police Department, recently received the prestigious 2006 Technical Specialist of the Year award, sponsored by the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA). Bob is the only two-time winner of the award in the history of the ALEA. This award identifies and recognizes an individual whose efforts or actions in maintaining or repairing aircraft operated by a law enforcement agency were performed in extraordinary manner, above and beyond what is normally expected, and have brought distinction upon themselves, their department and/or ALEA.
Move could save money while increasing number of air patrols.
St. Louis police pilot William Kiphart (left) and St. Louis County police deputy chief pilot Derek Dunmire fly a county police MD 500E helicopter this month as the two departments discussed merging their helicopter operations.
Sometimes a police officer's closest backup is watching from 500 feet in the air. It's the same pair of eyes that finds lost hunters and monitors possible terrorist targets.