VIDEO: The National Guard is working with local and state agencies to train pilots to fly unmanned aerial systems.
Organizers hope the program will allow pilots to use their skills to help law enforcement and fire agencies in our region.
Staff Sergeant Taham Khosrabadi is the program manager for the Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Program for the Oregon Army National Guard.
He returned from serving in Somalia just before the Almeda Fire in 2020 and that’s what inspired him to get involved.
Khosrabadi said, “I went to my unit, tried being able to utilize our drones to support EMS. We were told we weren’t allowed to, that there wasn’t any standards and training. There was just a lot of red tape at that moment.”
He said that motivated him to find ways to fix those issues for future natural disasters, so he got involved with the local Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Program.
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VIDEO: Three young men from Central Oregon went to Puerto Rico for vacation in November. They came back as heroes after they revived another vacationer who nearly drowned.
“They said he was probably unconscious for 3-5 minutes. His entire body was just blue,” Sunriver Police Department seasonal bike patrol officer Logan Buckley said. “It was scary, I’m not going to lie. Having someone’s life in front of you like that, where you don’t know if they’re gonna make it or not.”
Buckley, 20, Haydon Hossick, 18, and their friend were vacationing on the Caribbean island last year when nearby commotion drew their attention.
“Dozens of people, lined on the beach, just standing still like statues. They were in shock,” Buckley said.
A man named Luis, who was visiting from Colombia, was dragged out of the ocean, unresponsive, discolored with no pulse. Buckley and Hossick say he was clinically dead.
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