MAFB Airmen Talk About Rescue Mission - KFYRTV.COM - Bismarck, ND - News, Weather, Sports

MAFB Airmen Talk About Rescue Mission

Posted: Updated:

A group of airmen are back at Minot Air Force Base and are now sharing their experience about rescuing two stranded motorists earlier this week.  Amy Fox sat down with some of the crew members to hear what they have to say about the rescue.

 Members of 54th Helicopter Squadron from Minot Air Base quickly suited up for departure after receiving an unexpected call from law enforcement officers.

 "Hey, there's been a call for a search and rescue from command post, can you respond?" says Captain Matthew Sutliff, Commander on Board Search and Rescue Mission.

 The crew immediately began planning and executing procedures, so they could go save two men trapped in the bed of their truck in Savage, Montana after rising water levels along the Yellowstone River caused ice jams to form.

 In less than two hours, the crew was already in the air.

Special Mission Aviator Tech Sergeant Jason Fifield says, "On the way out there, we talked a lot about what to do if things were bad, where to put the penetrator, where we did not want to put the penetrator, stuff like that.  [We were] thinking mostly of the safety of the two guys in the truck.  For a brief second, [we thought] are we really about to do this?"

 Once on the scene, the airmen were faced with many challenges, like the illusion of the helicopter moving and not knowing how fast the water was actually flowing.

 "When you're hovering 60 feet over a truck and two guys are looking up at you and their life is in your hands, it's kind of like a gut check," says Captain Sutliff.

The crew held the aircraft in place fighting against the winds and rushing water, lowering the hoist to help bring both men to safety.

 Captain Sutliff says, "We were in the actual hover the first one took a good half hour.  And, the following was little bit more expedited."

 For the airmen aboard the helicopter, they say it's an experience they'll never forget. 

 Special Mission Aviator Staff Sergeant Michael Wright says, "It was very humbling and after you accomplish something, you know what you have to do, and you take it to heart."

 "It was awesome," says Tech Sgt. Fifield.  "I don't think it could have been any better."

 As the crew adjusts back to their every day routine, they're hoping to share their experience with their fellow airmen and continue to carry out the rescue community's motto "so others may live."

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Witness Leads Police to Thief

    Witness Leads Police to Thief

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:22:36 GMT
    Six cars were broken into over the weekend and Bismarck police may have caught the man responsible.
    Six cars were broken into over the weekend and Bismarck police may have caught the man responsible.
  • MomsEveryday: Burrito Recipe

    MomsEveryday: Burrito Recipe

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:19 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:19:19 GMT
    You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and MomsEveryday correspondent Taryn Vanderford has this great recipe.
    You know what they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and MomsEveryday correspondent Taryn Vanderford has this great recipe.
  • Bystanders Save Home from Fire

    Bystanders Save Home from Fire

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-07-28 16:09:57 GMT
    Two people out for a walk Friday evening saved a house from going up in flames.
    Two people out for a walk Friday evening saved a house from going up in flames.

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
  • TOOLBOX

  • Special Feature HomeSpecial FeaturesMore>>

  • Presidential Visit

    Presidential Visit

    Ongoing coverage of President Obama's visit to North Dakota.
    Ongoing coverage of President Obama's visit to North Dakota.
  • Ask An Attorney

    Ask An Attorney

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
  • Mobile Apps

    Mobile Apps

    We have the best Mobile Apps.  Learn how you can download yours today.
  • Me-TV North Dakota

    Me-TV North Dakota

    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.  Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday.  As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.
  • On the Farm

    On the Farm

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ON THE FARM PAGE!
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ON THE FARM PAGE!
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFYR. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.