Air-1 flies over central New York, but funding cuts has made the Sheriff look elsewhere.
continued Those repairs are being made from forfeited money from drug activity.
“The tax dollars are not paying for this,” Darby said. Forfeited money is used to fund extra expenditures, such as repairs on Air 1 or other non-budgeted items.
Balloni says once the helicopter does return to service, they will begin charging for medical transports as a commercial helicopter. That approval was granted by the FAA in January.
The next major fundraiser for Air 1 will be the second annual poker run, sponsored by Western Area Volunteer Emergency Services. The poker run will be June 16, and more information is available on their website, wavesambulance.com.