Pilot describes Washington Navy Yard as "Hot Zone"
WASHINGTON - A helicopter pilot responding to the call at the Washington Navy Yard yesterday, described the scene of the mass shooting as a "hot zone."
U.S. Park Police Sgt. Ken Burchell said he was too focused on his rescue mission to worry if he was also a target.
As Burchell piloted the helicopter, Sgt. Dave Tolson operated the rescue basket to pick up a woman who had been evacuated to the roof.
Tolson said he attempted to reassure the woman, who had been shot and lost a significant amount of blood. He says, "I found her to be extremely brave."