DPD Air Support Unit - A History in the Making

Thin Blue Line


This website is dedicated to all the men and women who serve as police officers all over the world.
We especially want to remember three Dallas Police Helicopter pilots who were killed in 1984 and 1985.
Please visit the memorial near the end of this page.
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Have a look at some pictures of our helicopters, old and new!

The Old and the New
The old Bell 47s
Bell 47s
The New Jet Rangers
Bell 206 & 0H58s
Click here......to see more before/after photos of the OH58 Helicopters.

Bell Ranger over Dallas     Inside the helicopter

I received my helicopter training in a Bell 47.
For the past 20 years I have flown a helicopter over this beautiful city,
doing my part to keep the peace from a bird's eye view.
Yes, that's right, it's a tough job, but you know the drill........might as well be me.
Now as a retired plice officer, I have many good memories of this profession to share with you.

Click here for early history of the Helicopter Division

Three views of the Dallas skyline from the Police Helicopter

Downtown Dallas
1501 Dallas from the helicopter

The DPD helicopter unit is part of the Tactical Section.
The next two photos show Tac Officers repelling from the helicopter.
Repel to City Hall

Repelling from Air-One
Photo by Terry Van Sickle

Tac & the Helicopter

A Memorial for our Friends
Lt. Cormier Chuck Taylor Jim Redmon

From left to right: Lt. Robert L. Cormier, killed July 24, 1984 in the Dallas Police Helicopter
along with Dallas' Chief Pilot James "Chuck" Taylor.
James A. Redmon was killed in an off-duty helicopter flying job 1985.

While we never dwell on the deaths of our friends, it is wise to deal with this type of tragedy. Lessons are learned, and time helps to heal the pain. When good pilots, no.....excellent pilots, as these men were, loose their lives in an air crash, you know in your heart that it can happen to anyone. I spent several years as the safety officer for this helicopter unit. Making sure that my friends, my fellow police pilots, are up-to-date on all safety issues was a duty I enjoyed. Remember, keep safety an issue, and always treasure your friends.

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
- - Anonymous

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This is an unofficial site for the Dallas Police Helicopter Unit.
It does not reflect the views or opinions of the Dallas Police Department in any way.
Created March 23, 1999 and updated Nov. 6, 2003 - all rights reserved.