PGPD Police - Aviation Unit Rescues Man Lost in Woods
It was a desperate call for help. A mother reached out to the PGPD last night to help find her son who is mentally impaired. The 31-year-old had wandered off and was likely somewhere outside. It was below freezing and dark out. Finding him quickly was critical.
Enter our Aviation Unit. A flight crew boarded Air 1 and raced toward the 16500 block of Addison Patent Lane in Accokeek. The pilot and tactical flight officer began a strategic search of the area using the helicopter's thermal imaging system, FLIR. The flight crew noticed a hot spot in some nearby woods. They guided patrol officers on the ground to check out that location. Thankfully, FLIR had revealed the missing man.