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Drone donated to Berkeley Sheriff’s Office

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Drone donated to Berkeley Sheriff’s Office

A Berkeley County business that helped authorities with rescue efforts during a plane crash last summer is donating a drone to the rescue squad.

The donation will also benefit the Sheriff’s Office. Having the drone will be useful in many situations, according to Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis, including search and rescue operations.

“If an endangered adult or child wanders off, a drone could be used to help locate them and to search an area much more quickly than can be done by foot,” he said in a Thursday media release. “Having a drone readily available will help the Sheriff’s Office be more efficient while serving the great citizens of Berkeley County.”

The drone is from Skyview Aerial Solutions, which donated equipment and time after an F-16 and Cessna crashed on July 7 over a Berkeley County rice plantation.

The business will present the drone Wednesday to Berkeley County Rescue Chief Bill Salisbury, who is also the coroner, and Lewis at a ceremony in Moncks Corner.

Tom Fernandez, CEO of the business, said Salisbury was the first government official to share his need for the equipment with them years ago. The county’s rescue squad was also the first the firm demonstrated equipment for and assisted with operations.

Since then, the business has grown so it is donating the drone to help the county and first responders, Fernandez said.


A previous version of this story incorrectly identified the recipient of the drone as the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office.

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