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Helping hand from the sky

By Eric Singer, Anchor/Reporter , e.singer@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:30:58 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 17 2013 07:26:07 PM CDT

Helping hand from the sky

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo -

Hundreds of people in water soaked Boulder County owe their lives to the Fourth Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Carson.  50 soldiers and six helicopters are plucking people from their flooded out homes and flying them to safety.  

Friday afternoon, the Fourth Combat Aviation Brigade crews got the call to be part of the rescue teams.  Within two hours, the soldiers immediately got to Boulder to make the rescues a reality.  The Fort Carson crews have been busy since arriving and joining the fight to help survivors.   Lieutenant Colonel Jason Davis is the Exec Officer with the Fourth Combat Aviation Brigade.  He's at Fort Carson and is in daily contact with crews in Boulder County.  He told me his crews have had very tight landing zones and very tough and long arduous rescue missions since being in Boulder County.  LTC Davis told me despite the tough conditions, "It makes us feel great that we are able to help the front range community and use our skills to help those around us and our neighbors."

The crews that are in Boulder County are with Second Battalion, Fourth Aviation Regiment and are no strangers to danger in Colorado.  They are the same ones who were helping with the recent Black Forest Fire by dumping water from high in the sky.  During that time and now in Boulder County, they are under the leadership of LTC Tyler and Smith and Command Sergeant Major Ricky Davis. 

LTC Jason Davis told me the group will stay in Boulder County until they're told that they are not needed.  LTC Davis summed up the feelings of these Fort Carson Heroes and the work they are doing in Boulder, "It's a great feeling to help people when asked."

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