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Sheriff’s fleet gets eye in the sky

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They say you only get one chance to make a first impression. Luckily, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department’s latest addition came through with flying colors.

“Eagle One,” a JetRanger helicopter, was introduced at the annual Sheriff’s Posse Picnic on Aug. 20 by Sheriff John D’Agostini and pilots Ed Rincon and Dr. Richard Moorhouse.

The helicopter landed at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds during the picnic, adding some extra “oomph” to the department’s announcement.

Authorities hope “Eagle One,” which seats several and can reach speeds of 150 mph, will provide deputies with yet another tool for faster, more efficient search and rescue efforts in the county’s more mountainous terrain.

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