2006_07_nypdchopper.jpgOn Saturday, the NY Times had a big feature about the NYPD aviation unit, which has helicopters for "rooftop evacuations, air-sea rescues and counterterrorism operations." And yesterday, one of those choppers was put in use when a woman jumped into the Harlem River. The 51 year old woman was weak and barely moving, so one of the aviation police officers hung onto the side of the helicopter and tried to pick up the woman. Officer Devin Buonanno actually ended up jumping into the water and swam the woman to shore. The woman was taken to a hospital for observation.

The NY Times' helicopter story also had a video - the aviation unit officers have to wash the helicopters, too! Which makes sense, since the mounted patrol unit grooms the horses.