It was the State Patrol’s FLIR helicopter you heard last night

We got a few emails asking us if we knew why a helicopter was circling over Northfield for quite a while at 1 am this morning.

I spoke with Northfield Deputy Police Chief Chuck Walerius this morning. He said it was a helicopter equipped with a FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) unit from the Minnesota State Patrol Flight Section. They had requested it to help look for a suicidal individual.  The individual was eventually found using cell phone triangulation at around 4:30 am.  and was rushed to Northfield Hospital in time.

See the March Strib story titled Thermal imaging: An eye in Minnesota’s sky.

6 Comments

  1. Jessica Paxton said:

    Thanks for this update, Griff. I was wondering what was going on last night. Sounded like more than one ‘copter circling my ‘hood!

    June 2, 2010
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  2. Kathie Galotti said:

    Ok, who was this guy such that the State Patrol would send out a helicopter??!! I can’t believe they do this for every suicide call?

    June 2, 2010
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  3. Griff Wigley said:

    Kathie, are you implying that someone of higher status (power, wealth, etc) would warrant this level of response but not necessarily one of us plain ‘ol citizens?

    June 3, 2010
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    • Patrick Enders said:

      In Baltimore, people with little wealth or power are frequently pursued by helicopters.

      June 3, 2010
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      • Scott Oney said:

        Baltimore and people with little wealth or power, huh? Grad students at Johns Hopkins?

        June 4, 2010
    • Kathie Galotti said:

      Griff: yes, that is exactly what I think

      June 4, 2010
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