Deerfield-News. com-Deerfield Beach, Fl-Tragedy struck a Broward Sheriffs’ Fire Rescue helicopter crew this morning.
From BSO-PIO Carey Codd
Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony today announced the deaths of a Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue (BSFR) captain and an adult female civilian following the crash of a BSFR helicopter in Pompano Beach on Monday morning.
Around 8:41 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, the flight crew was dispatched to a medical call regarding a traffic crash with injuries in North Lauderdale. The EC 135 Eurocopter was airborne when the pilot attempted to return to the Pompano Beach Airpark. The aircraft sustained an in-flight emergency and crashed into a small apartment building, east of North Dixie Highway and just south of Northeast 10th Street.
Two crew members, BSFR Pilot Daron Roche, 37, and BSFR Firefighter Paramedic Mikael “Mike” Chaguaceda, 31, managed to escape the wreckage. Roche has served with BSFR for four years, and Chaguaceda has served with BSFR for five years. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported the BSFR crew members and two civilians to Broward Health North hospital. According to the hospital, none of the individuals transported have life-threatening injuries and all are listed in fair condition.
BSFR Captain Terryson Jackson, 50, died in the crash. Captain Jackson served with BSFR for 19 years. An adult female who was inside the apartment at the time of the crash was pronounced deceased on scene.
“Terryson was a rock star. He was one of the best of us, one of the brightest,” Sheriff Tony said. “He bled this profession inside and out, all day long. The type of effort and commitment he had for this community – impeccable. We’re going to suffer. We’re going to hurt, but this community should know that we’re prepared to answer the next call.”
Members of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are on scene and will investigate the circumstances of the crash. In an abundance of caution, Sheriff Tony grounded BSO’s aircraft fleet until the helicopters are re-inspected.
THIS REPORT BY:
Carey Codd/Sr. PIO
The BSO Public Information Office is currently working a developing incident regarding a helicopter crash located at: near North Dixie Highway and Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach.
Public Information Officer Veda Coleman-Wright and Carey Codd is currently gathering the details. Here’s what we know so far:
Motorists are advised to avoid the area of North Dixie Highway and Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach as Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue respond to a helicopter crash. Dixie Highway is shutdown between Northeast Fifth Street and Northeast 10th Street.
At approximately 8:46 a.m., emergency personnel responded to a call of an aircraft alert located southwest of the Pompano Beach Airpark. The helicopter involved in the crash is a BSO Fire Rescue helicopter. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported two people to an area hospital.
The media staging area is located on the westside of Dixie Highway at Northeast 10th Street.
A BSO Public Information Officer will be on scene at approximately: 10:00 AM
This information should be considered preliminary, and as with any developing situation, the details may change.