Sheriff decides to sell chopper, partner with other departments

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Submitted: Thu, 02/10/2011 - 9:37pm
Updated: Fri, 02/11/2011 - 4:49am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has decided to sell its helicopter.

Sheriff Ed McMahon said this morning the county will join the SABLE helicopter program, along with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office and Leland and Wilmington Police departments.

After much counsel and thought, McMahon said he decided it would be best to work together and share resources.

“What we need to think about most is the safety of the citizens of the community and with the budgets that we’re facing,” McMahon said. “We have got to do basically more with less, and in order to accomplish that, we have got to work together and share our resources.”

The county used drug seizure money to purchase the helicopter in 2007.

McMahon’s decision comes months after his chopper pilot, Scott Gerow, was forced to quit after WWAY broke the news that Gerow had reportedly threatened to kill a man during an argument at his home.


  • Guest says:

    Good ‘ol boys… I’d define this as an aspect of society and culture where you have to kiss very unsavory “tail” to get ahead. It is the granting of favor and money, usually belonging to someone else to line the “boss'” pockets. Think ABC and the Williams gang.

  • Not a Sid fan says:

    Another monument to Sid’s vanity falls.

  • Brock says:

    Should have been the decision they made in 2007. Too much good old boy, shiny badge mentality in the NHS.

  • Curious says:

    Can you please explain to me what Good Ol’Boy means when you are writing responses? I mean this is North Carolina and New Hanover is a County that was developed and brought up by Good Ol’Boys! Are you using the term as in a stereotypical form? Are you from here? If your not from here, why would you come to a Southern area and complain about Good Ol’Boys?

  • Guest461 says:

    …that threw a hissie fit and pounded Sheriff McMahon over the Sheriffs office having a helicopter, this should put that to rest.

    I wonder what will the next plan of attack and criticism of the Sheriff and his office will be based on?

  • Guestleo says:

    You have got to be kidding right? McMahon spearheaded the helicopter program while he was Chief Deputy, second in command. It was his baby that’s why he clung to it for as long as he has.

    The next plan of “attack and criticism of the Sheriff” is why did it take him so long to do this? And what will he do with the money he gets for the helicopter. This administration of the sheriff’s makes Sid Causey look like an open book in comparison. Ed has something to hide and it ain’t his lack of intelligence, it’s how we ended up with this thing in the first place.

  • Bouy says:

    Finally get some sleep? The helicopter hasn’t flown in 4 months. That is one bad case of insomnia jack. You might want to seek medical attention or point the blame at the hospital air transport.
    I’m glad that Sheriff McMahon realized that we don’t need two choppers and joining the city is best for us citizens. McMahon has been a breathe of fresh air.

  • Guest says:

    I can get some sleep without that helo hovering around in the sky at all hours of the night without any rhyme or reason on the south end of the county.

  • Bouy says:

    So many positive changes have occurred since Causy left and Sheriff McMahon took office. It is great to see Sheriff McMahon and Chief Evangelous working together to pool resources. Causey would have never done it. Ed McMahon was the right guy for the job. As a Republican, he was the only Dem I voted for. The citizens got it right when they voted overwhelmingly to elect McMahon. After I heard him interviewed by Chad Adams on the Big Talker, I knew he was the right guy to be Sheriff. GREAT DECISION SHERIFF!!

  • Guest says:

    I’m glad NHC can work with the other municipalities and be a part of the SABLE program. A helicopter is way to costly to duplicate this service for such a small area.

    Not taking anything away from Causey here, but I like some of the changes McMahon has made.

  • SBright says:

    That helicopter was Sid Causeys puppy and everyone truly in the know isn’t fooled by your rant. Sid Causey had this in the works when then Capt. McMahon was the commander of Support Services (courts and civil process) Chief Hines loved the helicopter program and Sheriff Causey and he took off with the purchase. This was because the WPD had a copter and Causey didn’t get along with Evangelous. That is common knowledge to all associated with the Sheriff’s dept.
    As for the open book comparison..your A DISGRUNTLED Dummy. Just ask the media who is more available and open. Go back to Pender Co and quit crying.

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