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Pilot describes Washington Navy Yard as "Hot Zone"

3 years 8 months 4 days ago September 17, 2013 Sep 17, 2013 Tuesday, September 17 2013 September 17, 2013 12:00 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

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."

 

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