Sheriff decides to sell chopper, partner with other departments


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.

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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.