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Firefighter McClanahan Dies After Falling From Police Helicopter

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Tim McClanahan was a Lewes volunteer firefighter killed Monday evening after falling from a Delaware State Police helicopter during a training exercise. (Photo: Lewes Fire Department) Tim McClanahan was a Lewes volunteer firefighter killed Monday evening after falling from a Delaware State Police helicopter during a training exercise. (Photo: Lewes Fire Department)

GEORGETOWN, Del.- Authorities have released the name of a volunteer firefighter who was killed Monday night when he fell from a Delaware State Police helicopter during a training exercise.

Delaware State Police Sgt. Richard Bratz identified the firefighter Tuesday morning as 46-year-old Tim McClanahan, of Lewes.

According to Bratz, a preliminary investigation revealed the DSP Aviation Unit was conducting a routine training exercise with the Delaware Air Rescue Team at around 6:45 p.m. Monday, when McClanahan fell out of the helicopter at the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown, Del. DART is comprised of volunteer firefighters throughout the state and troopers assigned to the Aviation Unit, Bratz said. 

Bratz said that during the training exercise, a pilot and trooper medic were on board, along with the two volunteer firefighters, which included McClanahan. ?As McClanahan stepped out onto the skid of the helicopter, he fell from an undetermined height onto a grassy area below the aircraft, Bratz said. At that point, the helicopter landed and the trooper medic and volunteer firefighter on board, as well as nearby volunteer firefighters, rushed over to the fallen victim and immediately rendered medical assistance.
 
Sussex County Paramedics and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported McClanahan to Beebe Healthcare where he was pronounced deceased.
 
The Lewes Fire Department posted to its website a photo of McClanahan and the following message: "The Lewes Fire Department is saddened to announce that member Tim McClanahan died tragically Monday during a training exercise. Service arrangements will announced when finalized. We appreciate the overwhelming support that we have received from our neighboring brothers and sisters and public during this tragic time. Please keep the McClanahan family in your thoughts and prayers."

The investigation is in the early stages and the Federal Aviation Administration will be the lead investigative agency with the assistance of Delaware State Police.

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