<b>LETTERS TO THE EDITOR</b>

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The new Department of Public Safety Helicopter is now in Kingman.

The 407 has more cabin space and a larger capacity for medical assistance within the main cabin, Miyauchi said.

Unlike the older model, much of the operating system is now computerized, he said.

The 407 features upgraded search capabilities such as a new generation of global positioning satellite technology and an infrared imaging system commonly referred to as "FLIR."

The new generation of FLIR technology used with the 407 creates images by detecting heat in covering an area during a search and rescue mission or a law enforcement assistance reconnaissance flight.

On a law enforcement assistance flight about three years ago, a paramedic was able to detect an escaped rapist hiding in Mesquite, Nev., said Steve Davis, a pilot with Kingman DPS.

The suspect was lying in a sleeping bag covered with dirt, however, the FLIR system identified him by picking up differential in the surface temperatures, Davis said.

The 407 also has an emergency locater transmitter, or ELT, installed with the aircraft.

The ELT, which detects transmissions from other downed aircraft, had to be manually loaded into the older helicopter.

The 407 is faster, has more power and more endurance than the 206, Miyauchi said.

A flight to Las Vegas typically took about an hour in the 206.

In the 407, according to Davis, it takes about 37 minutes.

DPS pilots familiarize themselves with the new aircraft through five hours of in-house mission training, Miyauchi said, after five hours of emergency training is completed at the Bell manufacturer in Dallas.

While some pilots are finishing training, the 407 is currently flying missions.

Last week, the DPS used the aircraft to airlift a 21-year-old river rafter in the Grand Canyon to the Kingman Regional Medical Center.

DPS Air Rescue has four bases and five choppers for air support.

The locations are in Phoenix, Tucson, Kingman and Flagstaff.

Kingman DPS typically covers the northwest part of Arizona, but frequently crosses state lines, according to Miyauchi.

The DPS choppers are used primarily for medical assistance as well as search and rescue missions and law enforcement assistance.

Each flight is staffed with a pilot, a DPS officer who's a trained medic, and a nurse from Kingman Regional Medical Center.

DPS Air Rescue is a state program funded by tax dollars.People should think before getting a pet

To the Editor:

I extend my appreciation to Terry Organ for his July 20 article, "Employees rescue blind canine; Braille to be trained for therapy."

It was a well-written, heartwarming "human interest" story.

Surely, I'm not the only one who found it so edifying.

Thank you, Terry!

And Ms.

Haffner, Ms.

Freiday, Officer Spruiell, and the employees at Stat Medical Supplies.

"Thank you" for your compassion for Braille! We know Braille will have all the medical care, training, and love she needs and deserves.

Nearly everywhere I go I see them, Braille.

Numbers of them.

Abandoned, hungry and thirsty creatures which once had been someone's "pet." Most of them are unwanted and dumped along our streets.

How could anyone do such a thing, Braille? Don't they know that you, and others like you, had more love to given than the owners could ever have imagined? You and these unfortunate creatures feel pain just as humans do.

You feel hunger.

You know thirst and loneliness.

You were bewildered and lost.

You found yourselves in strange surroundings and couldn't understand your predicament.

You had no way of knowing how to find your way home.

How could anyone do this to any living thing, Braille?

"Oh, it was a cute little fellow when it was just a pup (or kitten), but it was growing up and it just became more of a burden than I expected."

"It just isn't cute and cuddly as it was when I first brought it home."

"I thought someone would pick it up and give it a home.

It was too much of a problem for me."

Where, oh where, Braille, are their hearts?

You may have written a letter like this, had you not been rescued by loving and caring humans:

Dear Mom and Dad,

I died today.

You got tired of me and left me to fend for myself.

I was picked up and taken to the shelter.

They were overcrowded and I drew an unlucky number.

I am in a plastic bag in a landfill now.

Some other pet will get the barely used leash you left me with.

My collar was dirty, much too small, and was choking me, so the lady took it off before she sent me to the "Rainbow Bridge."

I wonder, would I still be at home if I hadn't chewed your shoe? I didn't know what it was, but it was leather; it was on the floor; it looked like fun.

I was just playing.

You forgot to get me toys or things to hold my interest.

Would I still be at home if I had been housebroken? Rubbing my nose in what I did only made me ashamed that I had to go at all.

There are books and obedience teachers that would have taught you to teach me to go to the door.

I would have done that if only you had taken the time to teach me.

Would I still be at home if I hadn't barked? I was only saying, "I'm scared!" "I'm lonely!" "I'm here! I'm here! I want to be your best friend."

I wonder, would I still be at home if you had taken the time to care for me and to teach manners to me? You didn't pay attention to me after the first week or so, but I spent all my time waiting for you to love me.

I loved you, but you didn't take the time to love me.

I died today.

Your pet.

You might have written something like this, Braille, but you were one of the "lucky ones." Sweetheart, your abandonment was not your problem nor is it the problem of all those other five-month-old to adults in the pound or on our streets.

Braille, it's a human problem!

If anyone out there is planning to get a pet – it's a lifetime commitment! If you won't give it the training it requires, if you're not going to give it the love it needs, if you are not going to have it spayed or neutered and give it medical attention when it is necessary, and especially, if you are going to get tired of it when it is no longer cute and cuddly, THEN GET A STUFFED ONE, NOT A REAL ONE!!

Robert Walker

Kingman