Thursday, December 19, 2013

Santa Trades Sleigh for a Police Helicopter

Santa arrived at Huntington Memorial Hospital via a Pasadena Police Department helicopter yesterday, delivering toys to children in the pediatric unit. This has been an annual tradition carried out by the PPD Air Support Unit for many years. PPD provides air support for the Arcadia Police Department through the Foothill Air Support Team (FAST).

APD Detective Mike Hale is a Tactical Flight Officer with FAST and had the honor of playing Santa for the children this year. PPD Chief Phil Sanchez accompanied Santa and his Elf for the journey.

After the visit to HMH, Santa and his PPD Air Support elves made their way to the Peace Over Violence Center in Pasadena.  This was a bit more conventional ride in a police unit.

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