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Episode 109 Ian Heikkila Hoist Operator

Episode 109 Ian Heikkila Hoist Operator

October 6, 2022

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Ian Heikkila, USCG Flight Mech/Hoist Operator.  Ian and I reconnected again since working together in Humboldt Bay, CA., with the USCG.  Ian talks about when he came into the USCG and his first unit on a buoy tender, in Cordova, AK.  He had his very first rescue on that boat, which took 48 hours to even get on scene. While stationed on the buoy tender, he was sent out for work task via helicopter which was then diverted for a SAR call.  From that point on, Ian was going to be an aviator!  After a couple years in Humboldt, CA, he was on his way out of the USCG when he ended up in New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina. A slight change of plans from that event kept Ian in the USCG for a few more years and quite a few more rescues.  He recaps some of those rescues with us.  Since then, Ian has moved on to Columbia Helicopters flying on a Vertol 107, logging, firefighting, and now, hoist rescue. Enjoy!

 

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Episode 108 David Betts Australian Rescueman

Episode 108 David Betts Australian Rescueman

September 29, 2022

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by David Betts, Australian Rescue Crewman.  Starting out as a “nipper” or junior lifeguard, this job opened the world of rescue to David.  He went on to helicopter rescue, studied to be a paramedic, and then went on to be a winch operator.  We talk about his very first rescue, which happened during a time when he wasn’t even on duty! There were stranded people surrounded by fire on a mountain.  His training and qualifications took him to England as a lifeguard for a bit and then he went to Ireland for a year to work with the Irish Coast Guard. After his year there and some memorable rescue stories, he went back to Australia.  Working back in rescue helicopters, we discussed a couple more rescue missions.  Even though there was a quick stint in the Australian Navy, David found himself back in the helicopter SAR world where he is working in a variety of areas. Enjoy!

 

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ASTerisk The Start of the US Navy’s HC5 Det 6 with Red Dogg

ASTerisk The Start of the US Navy’s HC5 Det 6 with Red Dogg

September 22, 2022

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are once again joined by Bill Moss, aka Red Dogg, Navy Rescue Swimmer.  Red Dogg gives us a bit of a history lesson about the Navy and the creation of HC5 Det 6.  He talks about his role in the creation of the program and how his crews and capabilities helped change the overall mission plan and execution. The operation was capable of more than assisting getting personnel on deck and Red Dogg was able to demonstrate how they could be a huge asset from the air. He was able to bring forth that they were trained for combat air rescue and extraction as well.  Enjoy! 

 

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Episode 107 Army National Guard - CA Creek Fire Rescue

Episode 107 Army National Guard - CA Creek Fire Rescue

September 15, 2022

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Army National Guard Pilots Joe Rosamond, Brady Hlebain (CH-47) and Kipp Goding (H60). They take us through one of the days of California's Creek Fire disaster and rescue efforts.  On this particular day, two helicopter crews helped rescue thirty families trapped near Mammoth Lakes in CA.  Flying through smoke and ash and landing in an area surrounded by fire, this rescue did not end in just one trip. They flew in and out of the location three separate times that day. By the end, the crews saved over two hundred and sixty lives and their pets. Their bravery to continue to go back into the fire to help those in need earned all of them The Distinguished Flying Cross.  Enjoy!

 

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Episode 106 Steve Hathaway USCG RS 39 Part 2

Episode 106 Steve Hathaway USCG RS 39 Part 2

September 8, 2022

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are once again joined by Steve Hathaway, USCG RS 39. With a second conversation, we were able to hear about many more of his rescues throughout his career.  Since he was one of the first Rescue Swimmers to be implementing the program, he was on call as ready crew, A LOT.  With stories from Sitka, Alaska,  Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Barbers Point, Hawaii, and Savannah, Georgia, we are able to hear about all sorts of different scenarios.  Enjoy!

 

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Episode 105 Yogi Dorelis Pilot

Episode 105 Yogi Dorelis Pilot

September 1, 2022

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by pilot Yogi Dorelis. Yogi is a unique US military service member.  He has been in four different services and flown for three of them.  He started with the Marine Corps, went to the Navy, then to the Army National Guard, and finally to the Air Force, where he finished with thirteen years of flying combat rescues. As we go over some of his crazy career between these services, he tells of one rescue that earned him a Distinguished Flying Cross, a combat SAR mission that helped save three soldiers while he was in Afghanistan.  He talks about a long flight offshore while in the Navy where inflight refueling happened at least two different times. As we close out our conversation, he gives us some simple, yet great advice. Enjoy!

 

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Episode 104 Drew Dazzo USCG RS 523

Episode 104 Drew Dazzo USCG RS 523

August 25, 2022

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Drew Dazzo USCG RS 523.  Drew takes us though a few very memorable rescues that he had throughout his career.  The first one that he talks about is one that he will never forget. He was out on the beach and a wave caught his daughter and pulled her out with it.  Without panic or worry, he sprung into action and grabbed her.  Next, we get into his deployment on the USCGC Boutwell.  As a part of the aircrew deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, he certainly had some stories to tell. Drew relives a couple of cases that really stand out to him.  We talk about how he and his crew were the third aircraft to respond to the sailboat in distress.  Drew shares the story of his “big” rescue, one that earned him and his crew Air Medals. As they battled strong winds and heavy seas, 225 miles southeast of Elizabeth City, NC., three people are alive today to tell their tale.  Enjoy!

 

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Episode 103 Neil Johnson USN RS

Episode 103 Neil Johnson USN RS

August 18, 2022

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Neil Johnson, USN RS.  Neil recaps his three year enlistment in the Navy with some incredible stories. He tells us about the Mayday call for a pilot who needed to eject during his very first rescue.  His second rescue was while he and his crew were flying Starboard/Deltas (in circles) covering all flight ops on the aircraft carrier. As they were in orbit, they watched the helo in front of them crash into the water.  Again, Neil was ready to go and was hoisted down to grab one of the four crewmen that was in the water. As a Crew Chief/Hoist Operator, as they were flying from the mainland to the ship, they were diverted for a man overboard rescue.  His last rescue that we talked about was a sailboat in distress where they assisted three survivors off the boat and out of the life raft. Enjoy!

 

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Episode 102 NAS Lemoore LT Josh Tassone AWSC Jesse Peterson and HM1 Tyler Hodge - Creek Fire DFC

Episode 102 NAS Lemoore LT Josh Tassone AWSC Jesse Peterson and HM1 Tyler Hodge - Creek Fire DFC

August 11, 2022

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore LT Josh Tassone (again), AWSC Jesse Peterson and HM1 Tyler Hodge.  They tell us all about the Creek fire in CA that earned them a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).  They tell us of their first rescue during this crazy event at 11,500ft where they flew through thick smoke and ash to rescue a couple hikers that got surrounded by the fire. The next day they were called out again for more people that were surrounded by the fire. As they walk us through this incredible story, we get into the details of how they successfully saved forty six people and four dogs from mortal danger.  Enjoy!

 

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Episode 101 David Shoemaker Captain of The FV Galaxy

Episode 101 David Shoemaker Captain of The FV Galaxy

August 4, 2022

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Captain David Shoemaker.  He was Captain of the Fishing Vessel (F/V) Galaxy and the last person I rescued off the ship and out of the Bering sea. David and I relive this incredible story from the very beginning.  He brings us through what happened and explains what he and his crew went through on that tragic day. As we go over what happened on 20OCT2002, we talk about the event as though it was yesterday. Our memories are still vivid. It was amazing to hear two sides of the story because we both came to realize that there were details that neither of us still knew. Enjoy!

 

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