Two families donate towards new drone in Morton County

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MORTON COUNTY, N.D. - Two families donated money to help the Morton County Sheriff’s Department get a better drone to use in emergency situations.

Two families uniting to make an impact after losing their loved one.

It’s been 10 years since former firefighter Bill Walker died of cancer. His family was looking for a way to move his legacy forward.

A drone was the answer.

“My brother would have done it, in a heartbeat,” said George Walker, donor.

Walker says they wanted to support the sheriff’s department and the Mandan Rural Fire Department.

On the other side of the donations, is the Fairfield family who tragically lost their loved one, Lynn, in the Heart River this April.

“Actually, I came up with the idea at our funeral. And I asked the rest of the family if they would be interested. And they said most definitely,” said Mark Fairfield, donor.

Fairfield says they wanted to help get the sheriff’s department a better drone to help them search for missing people.

“We can use that in situations of low light or in dark conditions to be able to track the heat signatures,” said Kyle Kirchmeier, Morton County Sheriff.

Kirchmeier says he’s thankful for the families and wouldn’t have been able to afford it otherwise.

Kirchmeier says they still need a few FAA waivers to get permission to fly the drone at night and in other emergency situations.