Dana Morris and FireFlight weren’t exactly a package deal when Flagler County purchased the helicopter in January 2002, but close. The veteran chopper pilot was asked shortly after its purchase to fly for the county temporarily until the position could be permanently filled.
Twenty years and more than 12,500 flight hours later, Morris will power down the rotorcraft one last time as its pilot on November 13 – five days before his official retirement after 43 years of flying.
“Our history together goes back further than the 20 years each of us have been here,” Morris said, reflecting on his career in Flagler County. “I was working for the company that sold the county FireFlight, assigned to firefighting and as a search-and-rescue pilot in Yosemite (National Park, California).”
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