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Wiregrass Newsroom: Coffee County Sheriff's Department unveils new aircraft

Coffee County Sheriff, Dave Sutton, stands by the department's first helicopter.  The aircraft will be used to assist in drug busts, locating fleeing criminals, and search and rescue attempts. Coffee County Sheriff, Dave Sutton, stands by the department's first helicopter. The aircraft will be used to assist in drug busts, locating fleeing criminals, and search and rescue attempts.

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ENTERPRISE, AL (WSFA) -  It's an eye in the sky keeping watch over Coffee County.

"We flew it yesterday and it flies like a charm," says Coffee County Sheriff, Dave Sutton.

The OH-58 Bell helicopter is just another tool the Coffee County Sheriff's Department will use to find illegal drugs, track down fleeing criminals, and carry out search and rescue attempts.

"If you have a small child that has left home, we need to get up real quick and try to find that child that has left by accident," says Chief Investigator, Tony Harrison.

The chopper's been refurbished and now includes a few distinguishing details of its own like Coffee County Sheriff's Department decals and embroidered upholstery.

Not only is the helicopter a milestone for the sheriff's department, but it came at no expense to the county.  Everything from the paint to the seats was donated.

"It's been mostly business men, business associates and people in Coffee County that have donated their time, money and effort to make this what you see today," says Sutton.

Sutton says the $1 million-dollar aircraft represents a promise he made to his county and others nearby.

"I'll share it with anybody in the local law enforcement agencies that need it."

It's giving law enforcement and first responders a better chance of succeeding from a different perspective. 

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